SETI Talks: Low Cost Access to the Surface of Mars

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this recent talk from the SETI talk series Larry Lemke will discuss his work, focusing on the “Red Dragon” capsule. One of the main research interests of the NASA’s Ames team has been to robotically drill deeply into Mars’ subsurface environment to investigate how habitable it is.  In 2010, an Ames scientist realized that the crew-carrying version of the SpaceX “Dragon” capsule would possess all the subsystems necessary to perform a soft landing on Earth, and raised the question of whether it could also soft land on Mars. In this talk, Lemke will discuss how an upgraded version of “Dragon” (called “Red Dragon”) could successfully perform an all-propulsive entry, descent, and landing on the surface of Mars.

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