Maven Heralds Humans On Mars

By Frank Morring, Jr.
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

Those dives—not deep enough to damage Maven —will provide information that may one day aid a human landing, according to Michael Gazarik, associate administrator for space technology at NASA headquarters, whose organization is working toward that end on inflatable hypersonic decelerators, more capable supersonic parachutes and supersonic retropropulsion.

“We have limited data,” Gazarik says. “Curiosity was the first time we measured comprehensively how do we fly through that atmosphere, what was the heat rate through the atmosphere, did we fly that vehicle like we predicted? Maven will also add to our ability to understand the Martian atmosphere.”

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