July 16, 2012
Followers of the Mars rover can now experience their own “seven minutes of terror” using their Xbox 360 video game system and Kinect motion controller.
The descent and landing of the rover Curiosity, expected to reach Mars on Aug. 5, has been described as “seven minutes of terror” by those at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
To get gamers engaged with the Curiosity’s travels, NASA teamed up with Microsoft to create the Mars Rover Landing game, available for download free Monday via Xbox Live. “We went to some pains to reflect some authentic details in the game experience,” says Jeff Norris of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “and we are hoping that people a little bit of a taste of what we all are going to be going through late on the night of Aug. 5.”