Landing on Mars: Keep a straight line and fly right to achieve Mars landing success

Touching Mars safely is a real nail-biting event. Those heart-wrenching moments of entry, descent and descent (EDL) months after sailing to the Red Planet are truly frightening.

The EDL community is busy working on new ideas on how to penetrate Mars’ atmosphere, put the brakes on, and drop payloads. One big new mission is NASA’s Mars Sample Return Project and the challenges the initiative faces.

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