How Things Work: Dropping in on Mars
NASA's Curiosity rover will try a new way of landing on another planet.
- By Tony Reichhardt
- Illustrations by Harry Whitver
- Air & Space magazine, January 2012
Mars scientists have long eyed Gale Crater as a possible landing site for its variety of geological settings spanning two billion years. Curiosity’s precision aiming (within a 12- by 15-mile ellipse) allows a landing here for the first time, within reach of dried-up stream beds and a three-mile-high central peak.