NASA plans Mars landing in August

But NASA experts admitted the project, which will come to a head during the attempted landing Aug 6, is a gamble .

London: NASA will attempt to lower a probe onto the surface of Mars for the first time as it continues its search for signs of life on the red planet, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

The new approach to landing a rover on the planet, to be attempted in August, will involve winching it slowly to the surface using nylon ropes attached to a spacecraft overhead.

Once the probe, named Curiosity, has safely reached the ground the 25 feet-long cords will be cut and the parent ship will use rockets to fire itself well away from the probe for a crash landing.

But NASA experts admitted the project, which will come to a head during the attempted landing August 6, is a gamble which could prove to be a 1.7 billion pounds ($2.5 billion) disaster.

IANS

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