Off Towards Mars Landing
From Phobos, it's a drop of six thousand kilometers to Mars.
Luckily, escape velocity from the little moon is so low a galloping horse
could manage it. With the heat shield blocking the main
engine, the Universal Lander has only its thrusters to do the job.
Fortunately, those little rocket motors feed from the same tanks as the
main engine, and the propellant they need for the transfer to Mars still leaves
enough for the final moments of the landing and for the return to orbit.
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