Monday, 6 August 2012

7 minutes of terror, Mars landing today 6th Aug 2012

live on NASA TV today scheduled to touch down inside a vast, ancient impact crater on Sunday at 10:31 pm Pacific time (1101 IST on Monday 6th Aug 2012). The 1 ton Rover will make an unprecedented Mars landing withstanding 1600 deg temp., friction will slow the capsule from its interplanetary cruising speed of 13,200 miles [21,200 kilometers] an hour to 1,050 miles (1,700 kilometers) an hour, according to NASA and finally a supersonic parachute will precisely land the rover to a stop at the identified spot.
The rover will operate for 687 Earth days (one Martian year), gathering information on climate, geology and to plan for a human mission to the planet.
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