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Nasa Sparks Its Imagination

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Venus landsailing rover

Venus landsailing rover.

Credit: Geoffrey Landis, NASA Glenn Research Center

It's been a month since Curiosity’s remarkable soft landing on the surface of Mars. Remember the massive, supersonic parachute that slowed the spacecraft’s descent from 1,000 down to 200 miles per hour, and the sky crane that lowered the rover on 20-foot long cables the rest of the way, touching down at a speed of under two miles per hour?

From Smithsonian magazine
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