How Things Work: Dropping in on Mars

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

(Harry Whitver)

The Last Minute To Mars: Sky Crane Maneuver

Sky Crane Maneuver
(Harry Whitver)

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.


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