Politicians like to throw the space program a bone every now and then, boasting to the public that humans will get to Mars one day. The logistics of how they plan on getting there are baffling, especially considering NASA‘s budget is less than 1% of the entire country’s. Figure in a crew spending months together on end, along with questions about how to fuel a spacecraft, land it, and then make the whole ride back to planet Earth — well, the odds of it ever happening are pretty gloomy. The Mars Rover Curiosity is set to land on the fiery planet August 6, so short of the getting an everyday Joe walking around Mars, this is the next-best thing. Here’s a video that shows the harrowing details of what it will be like to land Curiosity, and it’s awe-inspiring.