RTE reporter Michael Landes writes that the next Jordanian land rover will be christened the “Mara” after the former pilot who died when the vehicle crashed during a landing attempt in Jordan in 2012.
The name was chosen after Michael Landers son, Michael, was killed when his parachute failed during a test.
Michael Lande, a pilot and a former pilot, died when his parachutes failed during an attempt to land on a desert island in northern Jordan in November 2012.
Michael Landes, left, with the “Mars” lander prototype that crashed on a test flight.
(NASA/John F. Kennedy Space Center/Wikimedia Commons) A spokesperson for the National Land Transport Authority said the naming of the Mars lander will be announced “shortly”.
The Mars rover was designed by the French space agency CNES and is based at the University of Maryland in College Park.
The team was working on the lander when it crashed.
The crash was the second fatal accident on a lander in the last two years.
In February, a team of French and British scientists said the landers descent was too slow, making it difficult to get to the surface.
The Mars rover, which was originally scheduled to be built for a 2015 launch, was delayed by a year due to safety concerns about the safety of its parachute system.
The vehicle had already failed twice in tests.
In June 2013, the vehicle broke apart on landing and exploded.
In November 2013, a group of French scientists said it was too risky to attempt a landing on the island where the crash occurred.
The team said they were working on a replacement lander, but the next rover was due to launch in 2020.
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