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(Harry Whitver)

How Things Work: Dropping in on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover will try a new way of landing on another planet

The Last Minute To Mars: Touchdown

Touchdown
(Harry Whitver)

With the rover’s wheels locked in landing position, the descent stage keeps dropping until it senses (from automatic throttle-down commands sent to the engine) that the rover’s descent has stopped at touchdown.

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