Seven Minutes of Terror: The Descent and Landing of the Mars Curiosity

August 20, 2012

Seven Minutes of Terror: The Descent and Landing of the Mars Curiosity

Perhaps paying slight homage to the Seven Dream Layers of Inception, this intensely soundtracked video diagrams and animates the Entry Decent Landing (EDL) of the Mars Curiosity. After watching this explanation of the seven-minute landing sequence that required complete autonomy on the rover's part, it is unbelievable and amazing that the 5,293-pound Curiosity landed successfully. Some of the brilliant minds behind the project explain their "7 Minutes of Terror:"

Launching on Thanksgiving weekend in 2011, Curiosity traversed 354 million miles in eight months, touching down in Mars' Gale Crater on August 5, 2012. The rover will roam free for one Martian year—22 Earth months. Visit NASA's photo galleries for more Curiosity exploration.

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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