Late Sunday night, NASA’s Curiosity Rover, the biggest, most advanced craft ever sent into space, landed on the surface of Mars. The car-sized rover will begin a two-year scientific expedition, investigating the planet’s geology, geography and much more.
The entire mission was among the most inventive and impressive feats in the history of science. NASA scientists called the landing sequence alone “seven minutes of terror,” involving a supersonic parachute, a perilous-looking “sky crane” and 76 pyrotechnic explosions. The image to the left, shows the rover parachuting down to the surface of Mars.
Take a look at the details of the landing in this NASA video explanation: