Engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center finished testing of their brand-new flexible heat shield designed for future Mars exploration vehicles, according to an announcement by the space agency today. Also included? This amazing image of one test.
Have you ever wondered what you would see as you touched down on Mars? This timelapse video stitches together photos of the Curiosity rover's descent, and lets you watch as the Martian surface comes closer and closer until you're completely surrounded by alien dust.
Thus far, orbital skydiving has been the province of Star Trek and Starship Troopers, but new technological advances that deal with the heat of reentry could make orbital skydiving the next extreme sport.