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August 5, 2012 AT 7:19 am

Mars Rover’s Nerve-Wracking Landing Just Hours Away

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Mars Rover’s Nerve-Wracking Landing Just Hours Away.

After 8 1/2 months crossing the millions of miles between planets, the biggest and most complex rover ever sent to another world is now on its final approach for a hair-raising touchdown on Mars.

NASA’s 1-ton Curiosity rover is set to land inside the Red Planet’s Gale Crater at 10:31 p.m. PDT tonight (Aug. 5; 1:31 a.m. EDT and 0531 GMT on Aug. 6). As with any planetary landing, success is not a given, and tensions may be especially high tonight given Curiosity’s elaborate, unprecedented landing sequence.


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1 Comment

  1. It lands on Aug. 6; 1:31 a.m. EDT

    Not Aug 5 EDT.

    We still have a couple of hours of anticipation left: )

    John

    p.s. Excellent resistor color code captcha system!

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