One of the signs accompanying the airbag landing system. It reads
Airbags improved landing for Mars rovers
space probes to land on Mars used
retrorockets to reduce their speed and land safely on the surface. But these
rockets produced small amounts of chemicals that scientists feared would
contaminate Martian soil -- and their study samples.
To solve this problem, NASA Glenn engineers tested an airbag system that
encased the spacecraft and cushioned it as it bounced along the planet's