Landing robots on Mars is wild. Something they mention in passing is that the flying saucer landing capsule uses itself as an airplane wing to steer to the landing site (at least Curiosity did this, doing little S curves to adjust distance)

In her Curiosity book, Emily Lakdawalla describes Curiosity as "the most challenging Mars atmospheric entry in history" because of the rover's size and the precision of the landing area, and now Percy's like "hold my beer"

Also the animation in this is beautiful and I love how they could use the actual data of the landing area (I never get that in ocean stuff, slightly jealous)


Reminder that we can solve and fund any engineering problem we need to, whether it's landing gently on Mars or the logistics of medical supplies or resilient power grids. Not doing so is a choice

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Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
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