This project is solving the Seven Minutes of Science challenge.

We aim to develop eight technologies that will gather data in the immediate moments prior to Martian atmospheric entry interface, and during the descent and landing phase using the current JPL-designed aeroshell. This aeroshell jettisons two Cruise Ballast Mass Devices immediately prior to Entry Interface, and six Entry Ballast Mass Devices after the period of maximum heat. We are considering the use of surface penetrators, mechanical tumble-weed type surface explorers, and an atmospheric sensory probe which analyzes the Martian atmosphere from a high altitude to the surface.

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