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How did the Mars rover land on Mars?

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Here's how NASA's new Curiosity rover will be lowered to Mars by a new technology called the Sky Crane. read more

This image was captured by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shortly after it landed on the Red Planet on the evening of Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT), near the foot of a mountain three miles tall and 96 miles in diameter inside Gale Crater. read more

NASA's twin robot geologists, the Mars Exploration Rovers, launched toward Mars on June 10 and July 7, 2003, in search of answers about the history of water on Mars. They landed on Mars January 3 and January 24 PST, 2004 (January 4 and January 25 UTC, 2004). read more

Since Mars has such a thin atmosphere, parachutes can’t be used for the entirety of the landing; (although drogue parachutes are often used) The spirit and opportunity rovers used rockets to lower the velocity before inflatable airbags were inflated to cushion the fall. read more

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