“Seven minutes of terror”: The secret story of the Mars rover landing

2a99mf “Seven minutes of terror”: The secret story of the Mars rover landing

2a99mf “Seven minutes of terror”: The secret story of the Mars rover landing

The next major event in Curiosity’s journal would be the landing. The center of the action on Earth would be JPL, where the signals would be received from the deep-space network antennae.In comparison with the launch, landing on Mars is statistically far more risky. The Atlas V that powered the Curiosity rover up and away from Earth had a better than 95 percent success rate. In contrast, there had only been a total of six successful landings on Mars out of the many attempts by the United States, the Soviet Union, and the European Space Agency—a rate of well under 50 percent. NASA had not had any failures with its three Mars landings in the past decade, but the risk of crashing was formidable, and much greater than NASA would like to admit.Continue Reading…

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“Seven minutes of terror”: The secret story of the Mars rover landing


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