IMO everyone should consider this lander and the landing itself to be a roaring success. Perhaps you think the whole space exploration thing to be a waste of time, money and talent. I do not. I consider the funds to be well spent as seed money for future benefits as many spinoffs of the space programs have proven to be so far.
I watched the landing coverage. It was thrilling and inspirational. It was perfection disguised as a flawed human enterprise. The lander itself is a Martian geology platform loaded with seismic measurement instruments and the like. I have no idea what all the little gadgets are around the main lander. If anyone can tell us, please do so. pl