Curiosity’s landing on Mars: only two days left until ‘seven minutes of terror’

Artist’s illustration of the Curiosity rover on Mars. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

There are now only two days left until Curiosity, the biggest and most complex Mars rover yet, attempts what is also the most complicated landing so far. It will be lowered to the surface via cables hanging down from the descent capsule – the so-called “sky crane” – a technique not used before until now.

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