The Martians are Coming, and They’re Us: Don’t Miss the August 5, 2012 Landing
By David S. Samuels
It was late 2011. The hatches on NASA/JPL’s Atlas rocket were closed. Sealed inside was the spectacular Mars Science Laboratory and rover, Curiosity. Everything was good for flight.
The launch, as they all are, was magnificent and exhilarating – especially for The Martians – that’s what everybody at NASA/JPL who works on Mars projects are known as. They’re a brilliant group of otherworldly scientists, of all types, whose dedication to the mission is unparalleled – not because failure is costly; they’re dedicated to Man’s exploration of space…in search of…life…past or present…and perhaps, mankind’s future.
The search for life on Mars inevitably starts on Earth. And everything requisite to a Mars mission is Earthly. Think about that for a moment and then sit back and watch the following three videos.
The Martians: Life at 79 Degrees North
The Sverrdfjell Volcano in Svalbard, Norway has geology similar to Martian meteorites, making it the perfect destination for geologists and astro-physicists to test rovers and instrumentation developed for space flight. Here they examine where life currently exists in an extreme environment. Is this how life might have once existed on the Martian surface?
The Martians: Good for Flight
Engineeers work behind the scenes making last minute preparations before loading the Curiosity rover onto an Atlas rocket which will blast into space and head for Mars.
The Martians: 7 Minutes of Terror
This video details the highly complex, never-before-tested landing system being used to land the Mars Curiosity rover safely on the surface of Mars – scheduled to land August 5th, 2012. EDL (entry, descent and landing) is referred to as the “7 Minutes of Terror” because it takes 7 minutes to reach the Martian surface from the top of the atmosphere. The entire EDL process is so incredibly complex that if just one small thing goes wrong, it’s all over for the entire mission.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, August 5th.
The excitement begins late, 10:24 pm PDT, when Curiosity enters Mars’ atmosphere.
David S. Samuels is the CEO of KoldCast Entertainment Media, LLC, home to KoldCast TV, the first and leading international discovery network for premium original television programming produced by the industry’s finest creative talents.