Check out how the NASA/JPL propellerheads plan to drop the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars safely:
“Seven minutes of terror,” they say. That’s balls.
It’s like something a bunch of elementary school kids would come up with. “It’s gonna have a parachute! And rocket boosters! Oh! Oh! And a sky crane!”
You know the real reason they don’t want to fly the Space Shuttles anymore? Because they get to work with awesome projects like this.