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Trailer: Seven Minutes of Terror

June 25th, 2012

These people are fracking insane, while still being unbelievable geniuses. If they pull this off, the general reaction will probably be, “Oh, another Mars rover.” This trailer, however, shows how utterly fantastic the challenge is. If it works, everyone should be impressed as hell.

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  1. Troy
    June 25th, 2012 at 11:48 | #1

    Can’t believe it’s been 36 years since the Viking landers.

    That was chez cool, too. I remember the brief flurry of news about the lab experiment indicating life, too.

    But I don’t get why people say they want to like go on one-way missions to Mars.

    Looks like a pretty dead place.

    Now, if their were Mayan-like ruins all over the place I’d kill half the planet to be on the first manned mission, but if I wanted to see a bunch of lifeless rocks, there’s plenty of sites on Earth for that.

  2. Tim Kane
    June 26th, 2012 at 12:08 | #2


    My uncle is a geologist. Let me say, these folks are a strange breed, but he never, ever, tires of looking at rocks. His is an endless fascination. I don’t see him being the type to go on a one way trip to Mars to look at the rocks there, but he has gone to some strange places: Eithopia and Patagonia two of the more distant and stranger locations.

  3. July 20th, 2012 at 14:22 | #3

    Planetary Society has some great articles about the EDL sequence here: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2012/06221711-how-curiosity-land-part-1.html

    And they are throwing a EDL party in Pasadena that weekend. But work needs me to catch bats that weekend. Sigh.

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