One for all the space geeks out there. The new Curiosity Rover Mars Lander is currently around 65 hours away from touchdown, and some kind wonks at NASA (or Caltech, can’t quite figure out which) have kindly put a real time computer simulation up online so we mere mortals can follow along as if it were a TV show.
Granted the next 64 hours are likely to involve lots of black space and whirling static space craft, but for the truly impatient there’s a Preview mode which lets you speed up the simulation and run through the landing to check they’ve got it right and haven’t missed any obvious problems. John Carter would be proud.
The scary bit is when you realize just how complex this whole exercise is, what with multiple equipment, parachute and stage deployments. Quite clever these rocket scientists are.