Intelligent Machines

How NASA's Next Mars Rover Will Land

The Mars Science Laboratory will use techniques unlike those of its predecessors to safely reach the surface.

Oct 23, 2008

Watch this video to learn how the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), scheduled to launch in 2009, will land on the Martian surface. It is a completely new approach that, while being technically sophisticated, is also just plain cool.

Video by Brittany Sauser; Images and Animation Credit: NASA JPL