Reply to post: Re: Whack its mole

SpaceX Falcon 9 meets watery end, and NASA needs someone to go to Mars and whack its mole

Muscleguy Silver badge

Re: Whack its mole

I recall the partly borked comet lander which managed to measure the hardness of the ice as 'harder than concrete' after the testing hammer broke as they ramped it up. Yup, they hit it with a hammer. So ice on some comets is harder than concrete. Which also explained why the tethering barbs bounced of it so the lander bounced about before coming to rest.

The next comet landers therefore cannot rely on grapples. Suckers don't work in a vacuum do they? It might therefore have to land at a pace so slow it just, lands.

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