View Full Version : The Gamble of Getting to Mars

2005-Sep-12, 08:38 PM
SUMMARY: The odds aren't great. For every three missions sent to Mars, two fail. With NASA's twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, now only a few weeks away from their encounter with the Red Planet, it's important to appreciate the challenges they still have to face. Already in space for five months, they've endured several solar storms. But the hardest work is still to come: they have to decelerate through the atmosphere, deploy their parachutes, and then land on their airbags.

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