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Approaching the Red Planet
A Martian flying saucer? No, this one is all ours. This is an artist’s conception of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft nearing Mars, the new rover Curiosity inside. This historic landing is set for Sunday, Aug. 5. On that day, years of preparation will culminate in what scientists call “7 minutes of terror" on Sunday. That’s the amount of time it takes the rover-carrying spacecraft to get from the top of Mars’ atmosphere to its surface. But because it takes 14 minutes for the signal from the spacecraft to reach Earth, by the time NASA scientists hear that the spacecraft has hit the atmosphere, it’s actually been on the surface for 7 minutes. Until those 7 minutes pass, no one will know whether the rover made it down safely. The Curiosity rover’s mission is to study Mars’ climate and geology, as well as to gather information for a potential manned mission to Earth’s neighboring planet.

Approaching the Red Planet

A Martian flying saucer? No, this one is all ours. This is an artist’s conception of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft nearing Mars, the new rover Curiosity inside. This historic landing is set for Sunday, Aug. 5. 

On that day, years of preparation will culminate in what scientists call “7 minutes of terror" on Sunday. That’s the amount of time it takes the rover-carrying spacecraft to get from the top of Mars’ atmosphere to its surface. But because it takes 14 minutes for the signal from the spacecraft to reach Earth, by the time NASA scientists hear that the spacecraft has hit the atmosphere, it’s actually been on the surface for 7 minutes. Until those 7 minutes pass, no one will know whether the rover made it down safely. 

The Curiosity rover’s mission is to study Mars’ climate and geology, as well as to gather information for a potential manned mission to Earth’s neighboring planet.

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