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Would it not be better to just go underground or into rock?
originally posted by: TamtammyMacx
I've also wondered why they aren't actively seeking cave structures/ lava tubes. etc. Underground would be the most obvious form of protection. And why the slow process of rovers? It seems to me that they could have built a dirigible type craft that could float around taking low altitude HD pictures. A probe that could also land, explore, document take samples, etc and lift off again and float to a new destination. They could be using and documenting wind currents. It's not like there are a lot of obstacles that they could fly into. Send impact probes that can breach the surface until they can find and locate underground water and or caverns. Maybe send a probe that can impact then start drilling down for water, etc. And let's get some audio and put a microphone on something, just for entertainment.