NASA's next flagship rover is one week away from landing on the Red Planet.
On Feb. 18, the Mars rover Perseverance will attempt a daring skycrane landing similar to one aced by its predecessor Curiosity August 2012, and an epic NASA video shows exactly how it'll be done.
NASA dubbed the Curiosity rover's landing a harrowing "seven minutes of terror" as it had never been done before.
The rover had to nail its entire landing sequence on its own, from atmospheric entry and parachute release to an unprecedented rocket-powered hover maneuver as Curiosity was lowered to the Martian surface, because the sequence happened faster than a signal could reach Earth from Mars.
Perseverance will have much the same approach, but the terror is still there as not every landing mission to Mars has never made it safely to the surface.