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What a Win or Loss on Mars Will Mean

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Dave Beaty, JPL

Dave Beaty is chief scientist for the Mars Exploration Directorate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Credit: JPL

Anyone who's looked at the "Seven Minutes of Terror" trailer for next month's Mars landing might have wondered whether the planners behind NASA's $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory mission really knew what they were doing—and although the planners insist they're confident, they also say they're nervous.

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