Cape Canaveral, Fla. – NASA is counting down the launch of its latest Mars Rover. Whose name is a car shaped robot Firmness, Is set to rise through a two-hour window towards the red planet on Thursday (30 July) which opens at 7:50 EDT (1150 GMT), and you can watch it live.
Fortitude will launch a Combined Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Convaral Air Force Station. Rover will land on the floor of Mars’ Jagero crater On Feb.18, 2021.
Launch coverage will begin on Thursday at 7 pm EDT (1100 GMT), with the launch window open until approximately 9:50 am EDT (1350 GMT). There will be many opportunities to launch within that time frame, and you can watch the launch live on Space.com here NASA. ULA will also offer a live webcast of the launch, which will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff.
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The weather forecast looks good for tomorrow’s planned liftoff, with an 80% probability of favorable conditions. Sunny skies are expected, with only minor concerns for cloud cover.
Shaktiman Atlas v rocket Will launch in its 541 configuration. Dubbed “Dominator” by ULA CEO Tory Bruno, this version of Atlas V is the second most powerful on the market. The RD-180 main engine will be accompanied by four strap-on solid rocket motors with Centaur Upper Stage. Together, the first stage and solid rocket motors will produce 2.3 million lbs. Of emphasis.
Of firmness Trip to mars It will take about 6.5 months and culminate in an intense landing sequence, which NASA officials have dubbed “7 minutes of terror”. The panic has to be dealt with firmly by itself: once commanded to begin the landing sequence, the rover automatically turns on.
After a successful landing, the rover would spend the next few years exploring the 28-mile-wide (45-kilometer) floor of the jzero, which was home to a lake and river delta billions of years ago. NASA scientists have labeled a pit in one of the most habitable places on (ancient) Mars.
Acting as a mobile geologist, the rover is equipped with a suite of scientific instruments designed to help visualize it Past life signs. Fortitude is also packing 43 sample tubes that will be used to collect bits of Mars that will retrieve subsequent missions and send them back to Earth. During its mission, the intrepid investigator will collect at least 20 samples, and preferably between 30 and 35, mission team members said.
Perseverance’s mission, a $ 2.7 billion project known as Mars 2020, is just the first leg in a multi-mission relay that will send the first samples back from another planet. NASA is teaming up with the European Space Agency to bring samples back to Earth, Expected by 2031.
But before that happens, persistence has to be launched. The rover piled on top of its rocket ride on July 7 and has spent weeks intervening preparing to install and launch its power source. NASA is a tried and true method to power a state-of-the-art rover: reliant on nuclear power.
The firmness operates on the same power system that relies on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover – a plutonium-powered device as one Multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator. The generator takes heat from nuclear decay and converts it into electrical energy that the rover can use to power its system. The long-lasting energy source will be able to keep the rover warm and run for at least 14 years at the end of its planned mission.
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In addition to caching samples, the rover will blink the rocks and take lots of pictures on its journey. As the rover looks for signs of life, it will also carry out a number of technology demonstrations, which will be important for future missions not only on Mars but for other destinations in the solar system.
One such demonstration is the Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment or MOXIE for short. This piece of hardware will take carbon dioxide thinner Beautiful environment And convert it to oxygen of breath. As NASA looks to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, it needs to figure out how future astronauts will be able to breathe while not transporting their supply of oxygen with them.
“This is an important step on our path to sending humans to Mars,” Jenna Cardman, one of NASA’s newest astronauts, told Space.com. “We want to make sure that we get it right, and it’s easy to do with robots before life is at stake.”
“It’s an exciting time and an important piece of technology,” she said.
Cardman, who is also a trained biologist, has a unique outlook on the upcoming launch. Asked if she was more excited about her chances of finding life on Mars or testing future technologies that she herself might rely on one day, she told Space.com, “a biologist As, I can think of more in-depth questions than “Are we alone? It builds my spine with excitement to think about that possibility.”
Cardman reported that she is sometimes asked if she thinks she missed the golden age of space exploration (the Apollo era), but feels that we are now living in a golden age.
“I think this is the most exciting time in space exploration,” she said. “The fact that we’re sending a rover Mars When we talk of sending humans to the moon, it is incredible. ”
The Fortitude Rover is part of NASA’s plan from Moon to Mars, an exploration program aimed at bringing a man and a woman back to the Moon by 2024. That mission, and others from NASA Artemis program For lunar exploration, it is intended to have a move to a finalized mission to Mars.
Asked if she would jump at the chance to go to Mars, Cardman replied, “Yes!” She said that although NASA does not know which astronauts she would send to the moon right now, she would definitely volunteer.
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