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Old 2021-02-18, 15:04   #1056
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Originally Posted by Dr Sardonicus View Post
My understanding is, the Soviet Union actually achieved a "soft landing" on Mars in 1971, but the lander (Mars 3) only transmitted data for a short time (20 seconds? 45 seconds?) after landing.
And there was no scientific data in that. Nor with any other non-'Merican lander. The Mars 2020 mission (aka Perseverance) is using the same method as MSL (Curiosity) to land. This time, though there is better software and more capability to avoid hazards on the way in. So the likelihood of a successful landing is much greater. And the likelihood of a landing in the center of the desired area is much better too.
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