Episode 5

How NASA’s $2 Billion Rover Landed Itself on Mars: “Seven Minutes of Terror”

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Perseverance, NASA’s latest Mars rover, is a one-ton, $2 billion marvel. The plan was for it to enter the Mars atmosphere going 12,000 miles an hour. The problem: How do you slow it down enough to set it down gently on the surface? You can’t use retro rockets, because they’d stir up so much dust, […]