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NASA’s Seven Minutes of Terror [Video]

To infinity and beyond!

It will take 7 minutes for NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover to travel from Mars’s atmosphere to it’s surface. However, it takes 14 minutes for that information to be relayed to Earth, meaning that by the time NASA scientists get the signal that it is beginning its descent, the rover will have already been alive or dead on Mars for  7 minutes — that, my friends, will be the scariest 7 minutes ever for NASA. Hey, I don’t blame them: that rover has to transition from 13,000 miles per hour to zero, and God knows how many bajillions of dollars is lining the infrastructure of that space exploration vehicle. Watch these scientists dramatically explain how the Curiosity plans to touch down onto Mars on August 6th problem-free!

(via Girls Are Geeks.)

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