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So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
The Phoenix Lander has touched down on Mars, using a highly accurate jet based landing system. This is a change from earlier landing methods which essentially use air bags to soften a landing and allow rovers to bounce to a stop. Sufficient for robotics, but probably not for a human landing (it’s also a less accurate method.”
Wired also has a link to mission control’s chatter line during the landing. Very cool.
This is the a key step in a hopefully renewed push for space exploration.