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AOSS simulations predicted Mars lander would hit sub-surface

Posted: June 2, 2008

AOSS simulations predicted Mars lander would hit sub-surface

Simulations by AOSS Professor Nilton Renno and doctoral candidate Manish Mehta correctly predicted that the pulsed jets of the Mars Phoenix lander would strip the soil to the subsurface ice or rock as the craft touched down.

 

Photos of the area beneath the craft on Friday revealed a hard surface that scientists say may be ice. It could also be rock, and researchers won’t know until the Phoenix can dig into the dirt. But it’s clear the craft cleared away soil as it landed.

 

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