he'll have it back in less than three weeks
Unless Hillary wins, in which case Ecuador will get a little freedom and democracy brought to it. After all, at this point, what difference does it make?
Billions of dollars spent on hardware
The hardware is not the expensive part. Getting the hardware to Mars in one piece - THAT is the expensive part.
HP Spectre (ultra thin) has only Type C now. I haven't found it to be a problem. Indeed, a lot of the newer USB drives have both ports so they make good transfer devices. Push the slider one way for an older USB, or the other way and out pops a Type C.
Live people can act autonomously at landing.
That all depends on how fast you land them...
No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.