Mars Rover Curiosity Mission: 'A Personal Investment,' Says NASA Engineer (VIDEO)

08/02/2012 07:57 am ET | Updated Aug 06, 2012
  • Cara Santa Maria Science correspondent, Huffington Post; editor, Talk Nerdy to Me

If NASA's Mars rover Curiosity finds biochemical evidence of life on Mars when it touches down on Sunday, August 5th at 10:31 pm PST, the world's understanding of the Red Planet will be changed forever--and for Adam Steltzner, that's personal.

Adam is the lead engineer at JPL (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory) overseeing the rover's entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on Mars.

The EDL phase of the rover's mission has been dubbed "seven minutes of terror," so you can imagine the pressure Adam and his team are under right now.

I had a chance to speak with him about the intricacies of the mission, those intense seven minutes, and his frazzled nerves. Now I want to know, what are your thoughts on the Curiosity mission? Watch the video above to hear his take and sound off by leaving a comment below. Come on, talk nerdy to me!

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