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3. Re: etc., etc. Aug 6, 2012, 23:01 eRe4s3r
Who says we can't, but what you want on Venus?

Anyway, I gotta hand it to the Nasa (I am more of a ESA guy as you can imagine ,p) this landing move was extremely cool. It is the future, no, it is the first real landing of a drone. The others all crash landed and hoped to survive the impact somehow. That ain't even space exploration, that's just throwing shit at planets and hoping something still functions afterwards!

But things that confused me with a superb mission like that, it could have done a lot more for space exploration
1) why the heck did they crash their sky-crane if it still had fuel reserves, dual use anyone?
2) why didn't they plan it out so the sky-crane can do maintenance and lifting work (ie, has replacement solar panels, wheels and assorted as well as a robotic arm that can do said work) and can ferry the drone to somewhere else later (extending the mission capabilities by factor 2 or 3)
3) why aren't these drones using real power sources?
4) Didn't they ever think that future mars missions might have good use for the sky-crane if they had designed it properly?
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