NASA’s robotic rover, MAVEN, will attempt a first-stage landing on Mars next month, and its goal is to test out the rover’s new parachute system.
The team will also test a system of thrusters, a system designed to provide the rover with enough thrust to move the landing arm in the desired direction.
The rover will also be able to perform a controlled touchdown using a parachute.
“This will be the first time that MAVEN will deploy a parachute during a Mars landing,” says the team’s lead engineer, Andrew White.
“We’re going to have to get this to the point where we can actually take a touchdown on Mars.”
MAVEN is a two-person spacecraft built by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Space Agency.
It is the first spacecraft to land on the Red Planet.
After landing, the robot will stay on the surface and conduct field experiments to study the environment and its environment’s climate.
MAVEN’s landing legs are designed to carry the rover to a safe landing point, but it’s unclear when this will happen.
The spacecraft’s landing is expected to take place in March 2018, when the rover will be about half the size of the Curiosity rover that landed in August 2014.
The MAVEN team has planned the landing on the Martian surface since 2012, and they say they are still figuring out the best landing site.
It will be a test run for the rover, and the team hopes to take the rover back to Mars for more detailed studies and testing.