A NASA spacecraft is expected to make an epic touchdown as it makes a bullseye landing inside a massive crater on the planet Mars after an eight-and-a-half month voyage through space.
The landing, near the planet's equator, will begin with a fiery punch through the Martian atmosphere before the Curiosity rover will steer itself part of the way before it dangles by cables until its six wheels touch the ground.
The track record for landing on Mars is less than stellar with only six successful missions out of 14 attempts from worldwide space agencies.
NASA has fared better with only one failure out of seven tries.
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