An illustration of a SpaceX Starship entering Mars

Landing on Mars: stay straight and fly right to achieve the Martian touchdown

Landing safely on Mars is a real nail-biting event. Those gripping, jaw-dropping entry, descent, and landing (EDL) moments of dread after months of cruising to the Red Planet are scary business indeed.

The EDL community is busy working on new ideas on how to pierce Mars’ atmosphere, slow down speed, and drop payloads. A big and new mission is NASA’s Mars Sample Return project and the challenges facing this initiative.

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