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
4. Sky Crane Maneuver
About 70 feet above the surface, still descending at a little over two feet per second, the rover is lowered on its bridle until the nylon cords unspool to their full 25-foot length.