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Friday, June 29, 2012

Mars landing this August: 7 minutes, six vehicle configurations, 76 pyrotechnic devices, 500,000 lines of code, zero margin for error.

It may be described as reasoned - even genius - engineering. But even the engineers who designed it agree it looks crazy. Six vehicle configurations, 76 pyrotechnic devices, 500,000 lines of code, zero margin for error. What exactly will it take to land NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, on the surface of Mars on Aug. 5? The latest video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory breaks down all "7 minutes of terror."

Watch it now at http://bit.ly/edlemail.