Curiosity's perilous landing? 'Cleaner than any of our tests'

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 09:30 in Astronomy & Space

For a time, JPL scientists feared that the nickname for the Martian rover's daring landing sequence — 'seven minutes of terror' — was coming true. But then it was safe.At 10:24 p.m. PDT Sunday night, the Curiosity rover splashed into the Martian atmosphere at more than 13,000 mph. Then, for a moment, it appeared thatNASA'snickname for Curiosity's daring landing sequence — "seven minutes of terror" — was coming true.

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