Entry, Descent, & Landing

Entry, Descent, and Landing System

The Mars 2020 spacecraft follows an entry, descent, landing process similar to that used in landing the Mars rover, Curiosity. Mars 2020 lands at a site still to be determined in February 2021. Mars 2020 has major new technologies that improve entry, descent, and landing:

Range Trigger, Terrain-Relative Navigation, MEDLI2, and its EDL cameras and microphone.

Terrain-Relative Navigation is an innovative entry, descent, and landing technology that allows the rover to detect tricky terrain and divert itself to a safer landing area. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

You can see Curiosity's entry, descent and landing process below.

This interactive will be updated for Mars 2020 when engineers finalize the designs.