Monday, August 6, 2012
Mars Curiosity hits Dirtside
It has been some time since I posted a science or nature (gardens don't count!) topic, but how can I pass this one up? It was a bold plan, an awesome visual, and let's face it...it's basically a sci-fi reality; the landing of Mars Curiosity. Full news story here.
So we've been to Mars dozens of times, they're looking for something more than just ice crystals. I smell a scenario writeup! Ahem, I digress, this landing is just awesome, pure and simple. After screaming through the thin atmosphere a dropship deploys from the heat shield. All of the dust from firing the retros would be damaging so what to do? Hit the retros on the lander well above the surface then lower the car sized rover below via sky-crane, then fly the lander somewhere else to touch down. That's very cool, below I posted a CGI mockup of the process. Rock on.