Returning a Red Dragon from Mars

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Scientists have blueprinted a low-cost Mars sample-return mission that would use a souped-up Dragon capsule from the private spaceflight company SpaceX and the firm’s planned Falcon Heavy rocket to get to the Red Planet by the early 2020s.

Dragon currently serves as a commercial cargo spacecraft, delivering supplies and scientific experiments to the International Space Station for NASA.

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The study group spent a couple of years reviewing the engineering problem.

They concluded that a minimally modified Dragon capsule — dubbed “Red Dragon” — could indeed successfully perform an all-propulsive entry, descent and landing on Mars.

Via SPACE.com.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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