Our 10 Most Popular Videos of 2012
Giant snakes, lost footage, secret histories and more in this wrapup of our most watched videos of the year
- By Caroline Lacey
- Smithsonian.com, December 18, 2012
Before Curiosity landed on the surface of Mars in August, NASA released this video about the so-called “Seven Minutes of Terror,” the amount of time it would take for the rover to fall through Mars’ atmosphere and land on its surface. Using rockets and a supersonic parachute Curiosity would begin its descent at over 1300 mph and slow to a gentle landing. Even the engineers thought the plan was crazy. See how they did it.