The third Pathfinder 7 probe heads down, after deploying from the Pathfinder 7 spacecraft. Since so many probes have missed their targets, a much larger landing zone, the northern polar region, is selected.
The heat shield glows bright as the probe decends through Eve’s thick atmosphere…
Finally, the parachute deploys and the heat shield seperates. The surface of Eve glows an eerie shade of green…
Finally – the little probe sets down on Eve! Sensors indicate a successful landing at the north pole of Eve!
“Finally a successful deployment of the mini-rover!Nice work everyone!”
While the final Pathfinder 7 probe was a success, the general agreement at KSEA is to rework the planetary probes – the mini-rovers are simply too fragile and have limited scientific and power abilities!