So, we are going down to Duna. I had chosen the flat mare where I had set down my first probe before and aimed the lander at the place. The low terrain would help me estimate when I was actually approaching the ground and would give the parachutes more time to work.
As I had tested the lander on Kerbin, I knew that the chutes by themselves wouldn't be enough to get it to the ground in one piece. That wasn't a problem though, as I had designed the lander to pop off two auxiliary tanks after landing anyways, as to not carry any excess weight back into space. The auxiliary tanks also held most of the chutes, which meant that their weight would be gone too. During the descent, I fired up the twin engines and let them burn on a low flame until the ground came near and it was time to break to less than 5 meters per second.
|Chutes and thrusters, working together.|
|Made it! Made it! One small step for a man, several large hops for a Kerbal.|
|Looking good so far.|
|Approaching the mothership.|
|The Troy, minus its lander.|