NASA''s new rover landing technology NASA scientists and engineers call it "the seven minutes of terror." The tense 420 seconds of breath holding suspense as a Mars rover takes control of its own destiny and attempts to autonomously land on the red planet.The term is named for the time that elapses between the rover''s landing capsule entering the Martian atmosphere to touching down on the planet''s surface. During that period, the rover relies on a sequence of preprogramed information and not human engineers in NASA''s master control.
According to Tapan Misra, Senior Advisor to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Adjunct Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, the oft repeated term related to moon landing of Vikram "15 minutes of terror" was coined by a team in Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), US, to sum up the Mars landing of Curiosity.
With just hours left on the clock, the space agency in India a nation of well over one billion people was bracing for landing.Kailasavadivoo Sivan, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), had repeatedly referred to the last, long awaited moments as the "15 minutes of terror".
The moment India had waited years for when the "15 minutes of terror" should have transformed into fist pumping exhilaration arrived as a time of silence and bitter disappointment.India's hopes for its Vikram lunar lander to make a soft landing on the moon were all but dashed when ground control lost the craft's signal.
Fox News reports 36 year old Gustavo Garcia, an illegal alien who d already been deported twice and had a lengthy criminal record, was killed after what police have dubbed a day long "reign of terror"when he crashed his stolen truck following a police chase in which he d purposely tried to smash into other cars. The deadly crash left four others hurt, including one person left in critical condition.Now, authorities are slamming California laws that bar them from cooperating with federal immigration officials to keep dangerous criminal aliens off the streets.