Monday, August 6, 2012

Curiosity Safely on Mars!

It was 5:31 GMT when he came the first sign of Curiosity robot from Mars. After the now famous seven minutes of terror on the descent to the Red Planet, NASA managed to put a robot again in the mysterious planet. A historic mission that already has the first pictures and try to find out if there ever was life as we know it on Earth.

Data as mentioned are already part of history and which are to be joined to another set of numbers and impressive numbers:

The red planet is 248 million kilometers from Earth.
Each signal emitted by the robot from Mars takes 13.8 minutes to reach Earth at the speed of light (due mainly to the position of Mars and its orbit about the Earth).
  • In total, since it took off from Earth in November, the Curiosity has traveled 567 million kilometers.
  • The data we receive from the robot are transmitted via satellite from NASA Odyssey and MRO support with Mars Express.
  • The robot has landed near the crater Gale, a place from which to collect data to help the mission.
  • The total cost of the mission is 2,500 million.
  • The mission will last about two years time it will attempt to collect any data on the geological history of the crater 154 kilometers wide at the floor.
  • Curiosity is up to three times heavier and twice larger than the vehicles used in space mission Mars Exploration Rover.
  • It was launched by an Atlas V 541.
  • Besides trying to find out if there was life on Earth, the mission will seek to characterize the planet's climate, geology determine and prepare for possible human exploration.


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