If you haven’t heard, NASA is sending a beach buggy to Mars. Well, ok, it’s a little more complicated than the Kokomo cart. The rover will need 7 minutes to descend from the top of the Martian atmosphere to the surface of the planet. Signals from Mars take 14 minutes to make it back to mission control, which mean that there will 7 minutes during which the fate of the little car that could is unknown; it could be fine, it could be smashed in to Mars dust. These are called the 7 Minutes OF Terror. Creepy, right?
Watch as engineers, scientists and other smart people from NASA explain the perils of the landing, all set to sufficiently dramatic music that would make Christoper Nolan proud.