San Francisco , CA -- NASA'S appropriately named "Curiosity" Mars Rover is expected to land on the red planet Sunday night.
After an eight-and-a-half month voyage through space. the spacecraft will push through the Martian atmosphere and attempt to land inside a massive crater. The landing attempt is being called "Seven Minutes of Terror," but scientists are confident that it will be successful.
"I'm very confident, I have no fears at all, about the aero-shell, the materials that are protecting it so that it will take that first high heat pulse and slow it down" says Robin Beck a NASA Thermal Protection Engineer.
The rover's mission is to look for past or current life on Mars. Scientists believe there was water on Mars when life was starting on Earth.