NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, is slated to land on the Red Planet on Aug. 6, 2012 (EDT). Watch a real-time visualization of its journey through space and get up-to-date data sets using NASA's Eyes on the Solar System 3-D interactive. (Free browser plug-in required.)
According to NASA "the car-sized rover will arrive closer to its ultimate destination for science operations, but also closer to the foot of a mountain slope that poses a landing hazard."
|This image shows changes in the target landing area for Curiosity, |
the rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project. I
mage credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS
That day will be a stressful day at NASA (at least, 7 minutes of terror):