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The art on the Mastcam-Z calibration target is so beautiful...




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To think it's sitting up their lightyears away from mother earth  :x


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Newton in the pilot’s seat

How to land a Mars rover when you’re many, many millions of kilometres away.


It takes a lot of thought and a lot of work to land a rover on Mars. It’s not as if you’re on Earth, where you can check things out, take a few samples and make necessary measurements directly.

To get a lander like Perseverance down, scientists and engineers must take into account such things as the target planet’s gravity, the speed the rover will be travelling and the condition of the landing surface.

Thankfully, someone has made calculating these things a lot easier: Sir Isaac Newton.



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