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At 5.35am local time next Friday, a Nasa spacecraft named Phoenix is set to blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida and begin a 423m-mile journey across the solar system.
After travelling through space for 10 months, it is hoped that Phoenix will finally be able to answer one of science’s biggest questions by discovering once and for all whether life ever existed on Mars.
This is before you even factor in the challenge of landing a probe on a planet with an extremely thin atmosphere...
...solar winds and dust storms...
These include deploying a parachute to slow down the descent from an initial speed of 12,750mph to just 5mph, jettisoning the heat shield after resisting temperatures of several thousand degrees
Originally posted by Sunsetspawn
Parachutes, heat shields, winds and storms, aren't these in contradiction to the extremely thin atmosphere that's always mentioned?