How to Land on Mars in a Minute

By Andrew Liszewski on at

As we've said before, its not the falling that kills rovers, its the sudden stop at the end. NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab explains how to successfully put a robot on the Red Planet.

As NASA explains, sucessfully setting down on Mars first requires a heat shield to prevent atmospheric incineration. Then, depending on the size of the payload, either an airbag system will be deployed or retro-rockets can be employed. [YouTube]