Reply to post: Re: Curiosity's Landing

SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

A K Stiles

Re: Curiosity's Landing

It appears from Mars reconnaissance photos that Beagle 2 actually did land pretty much as planned, but that it then failed to open fully to expose the solar cells and allow the science-bits to exit the landing module.

and the skycrane for Curiosity was the rocket propelled platform that slowed the descent, then winched curiosity down close to the surface before releasing then hurling itself several hundred yards away to avoid contaminating the area around Curiosity with nasty toxic rocket fuel.

You may have known all that already and I missed the tone of your post, but I'll finish by stating how utterly stunned and impressed I am by the latest reuse and landing from SpaceX - long may it continue.

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