completing the mission, the spacecraft returns to Earth after it
has jettisoned the instrument and orbital modules.
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friction with Earth's atmosphere slows the spacecraft, it is still
traveling too fast to survive impact. Parachutes further reduce
its rate of descent.
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slow the craft until just before touchdown. At 2 meters (about 7
feet) above the ground, four small retro-rockets located at the
base of the spacecraft slow it further for a softer landing.