Year 13, Day 391 (Pathfinder 7’s Second Probe Deploys!)

Pathfinder 7’s second probe deploys! As the probes launch from Pathfinder 7 itself the vehicle’s center of balance changes. Thankfully, the reaction wheel works overtime to stabilize the spacecraft.

The probe’s RCS engines fire, and de-orbit!

The probe’s heatshield and re-entry shell protect the little rover inside!

Let’s open that chute the moment it’s safe… we’re going to need to slow this thing down as much as possible if we want those wheels to survive!

-Gene

The parachute deploys… and the little rover slowly decends to the surface!

The landing is a success! The little probe sets down safely!

We’re a little off target… let’s get that rover to head east. To the… Western Sea. Hmm.

-Gene

The probe sets off, toward the Western Sea.

We’ll be watching it drive forever! It’s a shame we can’t just set the rover to head that way, and come back and check on it later!”

-Orlas

“It sure is. It sure is.”

-Gene

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