posted on May, 27 2008 @ 03:06 PM
I am looking at these photos that come from the surface of Mars and I start wondering what kind of atmosophere does this planet have that would allow
a parachute to be used for landing.
According to Wiki:
The atmosphere of Mars is relatively thin, and the atmospheric pressure on the surface varies from around 30 Pa (0.03 kPa) on Olympus Mons's peak to
over 1155 Pa (1.155 kPa) in the depths of Hellas Planitia, with a mean surface level pressure of 600 Pa (0.6 kPa), compared to Earth's 101.3 kPa.
However, the scale height of the atmosphere is about 11 km, somewhat higher than Earth's 6 km. The atmosphere on Mars consists of 95% carbon dioxide,
3% nitrogen, 1.6% argon, and contains traces of oxygen, water, and methane.
Parachutes operate on drag with the atmosphere to slow the object down so how can this possibly be enough drag to slow it down enough to land
Does anyone out there have any additional information on this?
Just curious, that is all.