A nine month journey from Earth to Mars will end in what NASA describes as “seven minutes of terror.“Launched on November 26, 2011 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Mars rover Curiosity will enter the Martian atmosphere at 1:06 AM EDT Monday, August 6.
However, the seven minute long entry, descent, and landing involves decelerating from 13,000 MPH to zero as things heat up to 1,600 degrees.
NASA engineers recently gave a graphic step-by-step simulation of what the experience will be like.
If the rocket engines get to close to the surface, they will create a massive dust cloud that will damage the rover's instruments
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