Parachutes are deployed to slow the Martian lander
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How to put a human on Mars: Descent

An Imperial College team discuss how best to land a descent vehicle on the Martian surface.

They explain how a heat shield, parachutes and thrusters would all be used to ensure a crew would safely reach the ground.

Video journalist: Neil Bowdler. Animation: George Spencer, Joanne McDonald. Music: Spiro.