Inconvenient: any heavy spacecraft trying to land vertically on Mars might end up collapsing into a crater made by its own rocket plume 😬
Could humans be too heavy to land on Mars? skyatnightmagazine.com/space…
See this and other replies from @cirquelar for some Mars landing hope… Seems like some landing spots can be much better than others, but maybe giant heavy vertical rockets won’t turn out to be the optimal vehicle for humans.
The paper does point out that heavy landing is difficult, but maybe it just means humans shouldn’t land in at 40 MT vehicle. A titled cargo lander maybe isn’t a problem. A smaller human only landing system would give more stability.
12:18 AM · Oct 24, 2021