VIDEO: Mars rover lands on Xbox LiveSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 14:44
VIDEO: Mars rover lands on Xbox Live
Followers of the Mars rover can now experience their own "seven minutes of terror" using their Xbox 360 video game system and Kinect motion controller.
Mike Snider | USA Today
The descent and landing of the rover Curiosity, expected to reach Mars on Aug. 5, has been described as "seven minutes of terror" by those at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
To get gamers engaged with the Curiosity's travels, NASA teamed up with Microsoft to create the Mars Rover Landing game, available for download free Monday via Xbox Live. "We went to some pains to reflect some authentic details in the game experience," says Jeff Norris of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, "and we are hoping that people a little bit of a taste of what we all are going to be going through late on the night of Aug. 5."
NASA launched the $2.5 billion Mars rover Curiosity — officially named the Mars Science Laboratory— on its voyage back in November. Its landing is planned for Aug. 5. When it lands, the rover will collect and analyze samples for signs of whether the planet could support life.