Six Minutes of Terror
When the first human sets foot on Mars, mankind will have evolved to become an interplanetary species. In the case of Mars, it’s more about the destination than the journey. In terms of risk and danger to crew, entering Mars’ orbit is where the stakes become immeasurable. A second spacecraft will be required to get the crew safely down to the surface, but ideas on how this is going to be accomplished vary widely. Plunging through the atmosphere at a fiery 30 times the speed of sound, the pilot will have only one chance to get it right.