How to land on Mars: Very Carefully

Cool animation showcases methods for landing on the red planet

The "Mars in a Minute" series from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today shows a cool one-minute animated video about the different ways you could land a spaceship or Rover-type vehicle onto the surface of Mars, preferably without burning up or smashing into tiny little bits.

Surprisingly, landing something on a planet is much harder than it seems like in all those science fiction films. I'll bet Han Solo and Chewbacca never had these problems landing on Tatooine or Hoth.

Speaking of Mars (well, Bruno Mars)...

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