Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Curiosity to Mars

NASA has gone all science-fictiony again - way past the Looney Tunes idea of bouncy ball airbags.

Check out this 5-minute video explaining how the Curiosity rover will get to the red planet (teaser: it involves a sky crane!).  The video is two minutes shorter than the time span of terror that NASA scientists and engineers will experience this weekend as they wait to find out if the newest Mars rover touched down safe and sound.

It's a safe bet that I'll be glued to my NASA app for this...


Anonymous said...

I wonder how many meetings it took to come up with that scenario.

And I can just picture the final planning stage:

"Okay, Chief. We got it! We get this rocket and parachute contraption, and then we use this sky crane and then when it lands, this thing happens where..."

"What is wrong with you people? Just LAND the blasted thing...!"

I'll bet Major Carter came up with that one.

"But, sir, if we could just attach a naquadah generator..."

Amy said...

It does have that "wacky as blowing up a sun" feel, doesn't it?