Orbital insertions by vehicles require narrow calculations. To increase windows, envelopes, & possibilities matter displacement may work given enough power or tools. The analogy of a bubbled Olympic pool or a diving sub, ship, or diver might suffice. With a laser or subship or peeling device perhaps the atmosphere could be displaced or bubbled or caused to be less dense for a second, boiled or steamed even, making it less "rock" hardness. Slowing down or increasing density or shielding works, too. But, basically can a hole be put there and a vacuum or bubbling in air? With lasers or energy. Could be ground base or satelite assisted or a shell or chemical. A vortex by dispersant and beam? Peel, bubble, phase-change, dope?