|I. We are the Martians|
A. Some of you may remember the magnificent crash
landing of the Mars Pathfinder in August 1997. The ship enveloped
itself in giant air bags
and landed on the Martian surface by literally bouncing
its way to a stop like a beach ball. The first few bounces
were the most violent; during the most violent bounce,
the air bag was in contact with the ground for
about 0.3 seconds. The time between the first few bounces was
about 6 seconds.
If you were strapped into Mars Pathfinder, could you survive the stresses
of the crash landing?
B. How large a parachute would you need to fall to the Martian surface
C. Would you expect to see shooting stars during the Martian night?
Students in this group: (I: Sung, Katsuki: No, Tuesday at 4:00 pm) (II: Josh and Richard: Yes)