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"The machine carries a suite of sophisticated instruments and tools, including a hammer drill and a laser, to find out whether Mars is, or ever has been, suitable for life."
"look for evidence that ancient environments could have supported microbial activity"
[...] landing on Mars. That's the hard part
Would this be automated due to the delay in feedback (to Earth), I wonder?
Oh wow, that's pretty darn impressive And a little more risky... I can't help but to think of a situation where one of the cables get wrapped/caught around something after the release of the rover, and prior to the Sky crane "flying off"... BTW; I wasn't aware it was THAT big of a delay, again, thanks for the info
When the legs shot out, they triggered the ground sensors and caused the thrusters to stop the controlled descent.
Mars Polar Lander failed on landing because of a mechanical failure. When the legs shot out, they triggered the ground sensors and caused the thrusters to stop the controlled descent.
Phobos-Grunt imaged from the ground on 29 Nov, at an altitude of 230km