7 minutes of terror, ZERO margin of error

The Curiosity Rover is too heavy to land on Mars on August 5, 2012 using previous methods. NASA will not know for 7 minutes whether it has survived or crashed the landing. There is ZERO room for error for entry/descent/landing (EDL). How will NASA tackle this challenge?

This video depicts how NASA plans to land the rover despite a 14-minute communication lag between the rover and Earth base. Curiosity is scheduled to start its descent on Mars on August 5, 2012 at 10:31pm PDT.

For those of you who don’t know Curiosity has landed!

From Nasa:

NASA’s most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars early Monday EDT to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.

President Obama said the landing “will stand as a point of national pride far into the future.”

It’s very exciting to see how technology has advanced in the last 20-30 years. While there are people like Mark, who make social networks and make billions there are people out there, smarter, harder-working who want to make a explore, and these are truly International heroes. The advances that these discoveries (if there are any, hopefully they will be) could bring to human kind are, priceless and much more important than what we consider “web revolutions of social networks”

Good Job Nasa!

Statement by the President on Curiosity Landing on Mars
08.05.12

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 6, 2012

Statement by the President on Curiosity Landing on Mars

Tonight, on the planet Mars, the United States of America made history.

The successful landing of Curiosity – the most sophisticated roving laboratory ever to land on another planet – marks an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future. It proves that even the longest of odds are no match for our unique blend of ingenuity and determination.

Tonight’s success, delivered by NASA, parallels our major steps forward towards a vision for a new partnership with American companies to send American astronauts into space on American spacecraft. That partnership will save taxpayer dollars while allowing NASA to do what it has always done best – push the very boundaries of human knowledge. And tonight’s success reminds us that our preeminence – not just in space, but here on Earth – depends on continuing to invest wisely in the innovation, technology, and basic research that has always made our economy the envy of the world.

I congratulate and thank all the men and women of NASA who made this remarkable accomplishment a reality – and I eagerly await what Curiosity has yet to discover.

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