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Don’t be terrified: Curiosity landing less risky than Spirit, Opportunity and Viking

By now everyone is familiar with the Curiosity rover’s system for entry, descent and landing, the preposterously complicated Rube Goldberg sequence that an LA Times reporter said is like “something Wile E. Coyote devised to catch the Road Runner.” It’s crazy to believe that it will get the rover to the surface of Mars in one piece, right? Wrong. Curiosity is the least risky landing that NASA has ever attempted. 

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