Considering the unusual type of direct landing, and the fact that JPL had no "real time" control over the vehicle(s), this mission is particularly inpressive.......
Several technological milestones were set by this mission:
1. First probe soft landing from a ballistic direct approach (not decending from orbit)
2. First use of "gravitational braking" to slow the vehicle from its transit speed of 25,000 mph (approximately) to 13, 000 mph for atmospheric entry
3. Largest parachute ever constructed for atmospheric approach.
Question: why are all the photos from Mars black and white? Another 1950s throwback, I guess.
Houston we have a problem
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