Effects of Atmospheric Phenomena on Mars Science Laboratory Entry Performance

  title={Effects of Atmospheric Phenomena on Mars Science Laboratory Entry Performance},
  author={Anna T Cianciolo and David Wesley Way and Richard W. Powell},
At Earth during entry the shuttle has experienced what has come to be known as “potholes in the sky” or regions of the atmosphere where the density changes suddenly. Because of the small data set of atmospheric information where the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) parachute deploys, the purpose of this study is to examine the effect similar atmospheric pothole characteristics, should they exist at Mars, would have on MSL entry performance. The study considers the sensitivity of entry design… CONTINUE READING

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