To boldly go: William Shatner signed up by Nasa to describe ‘seven minutes of terror’ which Mars rover will face during descent to red planet next week | Mail Online

To boldly go: William Shatner signed up by Nasa to describe ‘seven minutes of terror’ which Mars rover will face during descent to red planet next week | Mail Online.

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Shatner in his heyday: Captain Kirk (right, with Leonard Nimoy) narrates NASA’s mini-documentary about the Mars mission

This is another great step forward in discovering Mars and the search for life. It will be great to watch humanity explore Mars and what wonders lie waiting to be discovered. I am sure there will be many breakthroughs and questions answered in this Mars exploration voyage. I am glad NASA is on track and this mission will pique the interest of everyone in love with science exploration and the unknown.

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Artist’s impression of Nasa’s Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars

Next week, one of the most daring missions in space will take place as Nasa pushes the final frontier with a trip to Mars.

The Curiosity vehicle, which is the size of a car, will use a combination of parachutes, thrusters, and even a ‘sky crane’ to navigate its way through the thin Martian atmosphere and land in a crater.
The mission will culminate in ‘seven minutes of terror’ as Curiosity relies on a complex series of instructions being executed perfectly.

Despite the intellectual skills and clever technological tricks employed by Nasa, this may all sound a little quaint to Star Trek fans more used to galaxy-sprawling adventures in the 23rd century.

So perhaps that is why Nasa asked William Shatner – aka Captain James T. Kirk – to narrate their documentary of those seven minutes.

The Shatner presented video will be used at events around the country and shared on the web and social media.

Also providing an alternative version of Shatner is Will Wheaton, who joined the Next Generation to play ‘Wesley Crusher’.

A recent study suggested that just digging inches beneath the surface could uncover complex organic molecules that could show that life once existed on Mars.

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Nasa’s Mars Rover Curiosity

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