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Benefits of Mission

The Deep Space 2 Project will benefit future space missions and the exploration of Mars through:

  • Developing and flight validating technologies which will enable future planetary network missions (e.g. simultaneous deployment of multiple landers, penetrators, etc.).

  • Allowing future missions to use these technologies without incurring the costs or risks associated with their first use.

  • Pioneering new ways of doing business to reduce mission costs and cycle time.

  • Pioneering new ways to partner with industry, academic institutions, and other non-profit organizations.

  • Collecting meaningful science data on the Martian atmosphere and soil.

Deep Space 2 Firsts

The Deep Space 2 Project has achieved many firsts in Mars exploration. This includes being the:

  • First NASA probe to penetrate a planet

  • First mission to attempt to capture a soil sample below the surface of a planet

  • First ultra low mass, low-volume and low-power flight system on a spacecraft

  • First highly integrated microelectronics system on a spacecraft

  • First mission to use a single-stage, passive atmospheric entry system (the aeroshell)

  • First system to operate under harsh conditions at -120° C (-184° F), and after a 60,000 G impact

  • First mission ever to use a wireless cabling system

    Two Deep Space 2 probes were installed onto the Mars '98 Lander Spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center in November 1998, and were launched in January 1999.

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This page last updated: October 29, 1999
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