You may have heard that we’re sending another probe to Mars.
Once it hits the Martian atmosphere, it takes about 7 minutes for it to reach the surface.
Mars is far enough away, though, that messages from the lander take 14 minutes. Ergo, by the time we hear it’s hit the atmosphere, it’s either safe on the ground or a pile of junk.
The Curiosity rover will touch down — or crash horribly — on Monday, August 6, at 12:31 AM.
h/t: The Mant.