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Old July 17 2012, 12:01 AM   #2
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

"If any one thing doesn't work" indeed.

Why not use the tried & true airbag landing from the other two? Couldn't that be done with a larger rover?

This way, the sky-crane could land on it, the lines could break or release before it lands, the lines might not release and it gets dragged along, it could land too hard and get damaged.

And those are just possible mechanical failures.
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