NASA's Next Mars Rover Honours Medical Teams Fighting Virus

NASA's Next Mars Rover Honours Medical Teams Fighting Virus

NASA's Next Mars Rover Honours Medical Teams Fighting Virus

Later this summer, another rover will be on its way to explore Mars and to build on Curiosity's mission. "Trying to do it during the middle of a pandemic is a lot harder". "Perseverance is the right name for the rover. I think it's now a really important symbol of humanity hopefully persevering though this great challenging time".

'Atmospheric density, for example, directly affects the drag experienced by orbiting satellites and by the parachutes used to deliver probes to the Martian surface, ' ESA shares in a statement.

That part of the mission, known as "the seven minutes of terror", will parallel what Perseverance's fraternal twin, the Curiosity rover, felt during its successful entry, descent and landing in 2012.

Perseverance is equipped with spectrometers that will inspect Martian rocks in different wavelengths to detect traces of minerals and organic molecules that could have been left behind by ancient life forms.

And the rover will do all that while collecting the first samples of Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust) for return to Earth by a set of future missions.

In this artist's concept a two-stage United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle speeds the Mars 2020 spacecraft toward the Red Planet. This will be NASA's fifth Mars launch on an Atlas V which stands at 197 feet tall. (Credit NASA  JPL-Ca
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It's possible, though, that the rover might be able to zoom in and snap a photograph of the helicopter hovering above the planet's red soil. "There's no concerns from our part" about the schedule, he said.

'It's exciting for our Airbus team to have such a key involvement in the Mars Sample Return programme which is a major worldwide collaboration to achieve a real world first in space exploration, ' said Airbus project manager Ben Boyes.

In addition to the COVID-19 plaque, Perseverance is carrying a laser-etched plate that bears almost 11 million names submitted by the general public during NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign. Morton said those samples just might hold the definitive evidence relating to the biggest question about Mars: Did life exist on that planet, and could it exist today? "We asked people not to travel", he said.

Cco-author Ann Carine Vandaele of the Institut Royal d'Aéronomie Spatiale de Belgique, Belgium, said: "Previous observations hadn't captured any kind of green glow at Mars, so we chose to reorient the UVIS nadir channel to point at the 'edge" of Mars, similar to the perspective you see in images of Earth taken from the ISS'. The outbreak hit as mission engineers and technicians were beginning final preparations for launch, which will occur from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. That would be a first, Glaze said. As Patel explains, by observing this phenomenon, we can figure out the thickness of the atmosphere, which is vital information for when NASA/SpaceX attempts landing a spacecraft on Mars. Bridenstine said access to NASA facilities will be restricted to ensure that the launch team stays healthy, but the surrounding areas are likely to be open to spectators. "So we're asking people to follow all of the necessary guidelines to keep themselves safe and we're trusting that they will". "We want everybody to practice social distancing, and if you're within 6 feet [of someone else], make sure you're wearing a mask - those kind of things".

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