Aviation News

August 5, 2012

Watch Live: Mars Curiosity Rover Lands on the Red Planet at 1:31 AM ET Sunday Night/Monday Morning

More articles by »
Written by: admin
Tags: , , , , , ,

The Mars Curiosity rover, aka Mars Science Laboratory, is set to land on Mars Monday morning at 1:31 AM ET.

That’s 10:31 PM PT or 0531 ZULU. Here’s a handy Time Calculator to help you figure out what time that is in your part of the world.

Above is a live feed of NASA TV, which will be broadcasting pre-game footage and interviews all day leading up to the landing.

A few weeks ago we wrote about the “7 minutes of terror” and how the Mars Curiosity landing will progress:

When the compact car-sized Mars Science Laboratory, aka the Curiosity rover, approaches Mars on August 5, it will be so far away from Earth that radio transmissions to and from Mission Control will take 14 minutes each way, making real-time control from the ground impossible.

Instead, computers will orchestrate the most complex landing maneuver ever attempted on another planet with the biggest Mars rover ever built. The spacecraft will transform into six different configurations over the course of seven minutes as it enters the Martian atmosphere. Any single failure during any of those transformations will mean curtains for Curiosity.

And that 14 minute transmission delay means Curiosity will have been on the surface of Mars — intact or otherwise — for at least 7 minutes by the time engineers find out what’s going on — hence, the “7 minutes of terror.”



About the Author

admin





 
 

 

Elon Musk Announces Plans for Long- and Short-Haul Spaceflight

In light of his recently announced plans for the future of space flight, could Elon Musk's plans for a BFR be a BFD?
by Stephanie Gehman
0

 
 

PHOTOS: The Three Remaining WB-57Fs Take Flight Over Houston

Residents of Houston Texas were given a rare treat last Thursday: A formation flight by the only three remaining airworthy B-57s, NASA's WB-57Fs.
by Nathan Moeller
1

 

 

Space Travel’s Biggest Benefit – World Peace? Why We Must Venture Further

Why do we travel to space? What if there was a reason greater than technological advancements and finding a home on other planets? Dare we say...
by Phil Derner Jr.
1

 
 

WATCH LIVE: Orion EFT-1 Launch Will Test Human Flight Into Deep Space

Orion, NASA’s newest spacecraft, is set to launch atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:05 a.m. Watch it live!
by Sarina Houston
0

 
 

Cool NASA Animation Beautifully Details Every Step of Orion’s First Launch!

A cool animation details NASA’s Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) mission, which will go farther than any human spacecraft has in the past 40 years.
by Ken Kremer, UniverseToday.com
0

 




  • 15 seconds of anticipation can sometimes feel like hours. Imagine 7 minutes. Id kill myself if I was a NASA engineer and had any doubts about my work. I hope they’re confident.

    • seedanrun

      Yeah– waiting to see if the work of the last decade of your life just crashed into a worthless heap.
      It must be like being the coach of an Olympic athlete — except they break your legs student if he dosen’t get at least a bronze to make sure you start over from scratch.