NASA’s “7 Minutes of Terror” Joins the Hype
Nearly 2 million people have viewed NASA’s YouTube video trumpeting the Mars Curiosity Rover’s descent and landing on the Red Planet.
NASA, said by some to be impotent in the field of social media, has hit the sensationalist gold mine while simultaneously managing to degrade a word and their own history.
Terror can be defined as an “intense state of fear.” Let’s be honest–exactly who at NASA, or anywhere else for that matter, felt “terror” in that seven minutes or any seven minutes during the launch, flight and landing? The answer of course, is no one. Anxiety, certainly. But terror?
NASA knows something about feelings of terror and those that would have experienced them:
Apollo One (AS-204)
Laurel Blair Salton Clark
Describing Curiosity’s landing as terror-inducing both cheapens the risks of manned space fight and their final minutes.