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ToSeek
2009-Oct-16, 08:19 PM
'Look Ma, No Parachute!' Lunar Lander Floats on Electric-blue Jets (http://www.physorg.com/news174846013.html)


How do you fly on a world with no atmosphere? Wings won't work and neither do propellers. And don't even try that parachute!

NASA engineer Brian Mulac has the answer. "All it takes is practice, practice, practice," he says. "And of course, thrusters."

The space agency is perfecting the art using a prototype lunar lander at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

publiusr
2009-Oct-16, 08:59 PM
That is a new one on me. I wonder if any of the electronics developed for DC-X found its way into that design. Thank you for the link. MSFC does great work.

KaiYeves
2009-Oct-16, 11:05 PM
Yes, I can vouch for the fact that Alabama has "nice" humidity.

Black pants in late July = Bad idea.