•   
  •   

Tech & Science NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Is Sending Back a Piece of Mars

13:11  14 february  2018
13:11  14 february  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

David Bowie's sales rocket after Elon Musk's space launch

  David Bowie's sales rocket after Elon Musk's space launch Sales of David Bowie's space themed songs have rocketed after Elon Musk successfully launched his new spacecraft on Tuesday (06Feb18). Elon's new Falcon Heavy rocket, the latest mission backed by his company SpaceX, carried a Tesla Roadster vehicle complete with a crash test dummy named 'Starman' sat in the driver's seat with the message 'Don't Panic' displayed on the dashboard. It took off from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, in Florida, and is in an orbit that will take it past Mars and towards the asteroid belt.

NASA ’ s Mars 2020 rover mission will look for signs of past life, cache rock samples and prepare the way for human exploration. The Mars mission launching in 2020 would leverage the design of this landing system and other aspects of the Mars Science Laboratory architecture.

NASA Plans To Send Mars Samples Back To Earth. NASA has unveiled its plan for its next Mars rover , " Mars 2020 ," which will collect samples NASA ’ s Mars 2020 wanderer will convey a piece of an antiquated Martian shooting star back to its home planet. Antiquated bits of Mars have been

Rohit Bhartia of NASA's Mars 2020 mission holds a slice of a meteorite scientists have determined came from Mars.© NASA/JPL-CALTECH Rohit Bhartia of NASA's Mars 2020 mission holds a slice of a meteorite scientists have determined came from Mars. NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is going to carry a chunk of an ancient Martian meteorite back to its home planet. Ancient pieces of Mars have been resting on Earth in the form of meteorites, which scientists determined blew off Mars’ surface millions of years ago. Now, scientists have decided to send a chunk known as Sayh al Uhaymir 008 (SAU008) aboard the rover, NASA announced Tuesday.

The soon-to-be meteorite passenger is going to be used as target practice for a laser technology designed to examine rock features on Mars as fine as human hair. The laser instrument known as SHERLOC (short for Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman and Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals) will study Martian rock—but scientists need a testing spot first. Oftentimes, instruments like SHERLOC are tested on rocks, metal and glass placed on the Red Planet, and even spacesuit materials—which helps SHERLOC analyze how spacesuits survive the Martian environment. But, scientists at the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists thought using a piece of Mars itself might prove even more effective for target practice.

Scientists Recreate Titan’s Methane Ocean In Lab

  Scientists Recreate Titan’s Methane Ocean In Lab NASA plans to send an autonomous submarine to Saturn’s largest moon Titan to study the liquid methane oceans on its surface.To further the study of Titan, which NASA has been analyzing using data collected by the Cassini mission, scientists at Washington State University recreated a methane ocean in a laboratory. To be exact, the WSU researchers built a test chamber filled with a “liquid mixture at very cold temperatures to simulate the seas of Titan. They added a two-inch, cylinder-shaped cartridge heater that would approximate the heat that a submarine would create.

When it launches in 2020 , NASA ' s next Mars rover will carry a chunk of Martian meteorite on board. A piece of a meteorite called Sayh al Uhaymir 008 (SaU008) will be carried on board NASA ' s Mars 2020 rover mission, now being built at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The Mars 2020 rover is based on the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover configuration. It is car-sized, about 10 feet long (not including the arm), 9 feet wide, and 7 feet tall This artist's concept video shows NASA ' s Mars 2020 rover raising its head (its mast) and reaching out its robotic arm.

“We’re studying things on such a fine scale that slight misalignments, caused by changes in temperature or even the rover settling into sand, can require us to correct our aim,” Luther Beegle principal investigator for SHERLOC from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement. “By studying how the instrument sees a fixed target, we can understand how it will see a piece of the Martian surface.”

SHERLOC works by using similar techniques that forensic experts use. For instance, certain chemicals exposed to ultraviolet light reveal a certain glow—like that beneath a black light. SHERLOC will use a similar process through taking pictures of Martian rock and mapping the chemicals that "glow" to indicate the presence of life.

NASA Has Officially Listed Musk's Tesla Roadster As A Celestial Object

  NASA Has Officially Listed Musk's Tesla Roadster As A Celestial Object SpaceX propelled a red Tesla, driven by a dummy in a spacesuit into space using its Falcon Heavy rocket. That car is now a permanent advertisement on the NASA HORIZONS directory of solar system bodies. Wanna see for yourself? Eric Holthaus over at Grist reported that you can just head over to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's HORIZONS web interface, click "change" next to the target body, type in "SpaceX," hit enter, then click "Generate ephemeris."You'll find both the details about the Roadster, as well as its ephemeris, or its position in the sky.

When it launches in 2020 , NASA ' s next Mars rover will carry a chunk of Martian meteorite on board. A piece of a meteorite called Sayh al Uhaymir 008 (SaU008) will be carried on board NASA ' s Mars 2020 rover mission, now being built at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

➨E-mail us with your ideas & footage: [email protected] A Piece of Mars is Going Home: https Mind Blowing Mars Alien Footage. NASA & ESA Probes Filmed Alien Life & Mars Bases - Продолжительность: 12 NASA ’ s Curiosity Rover Takes An Epic Panorama Shot Of Mars !!!

“This kind of science requires texture and organic chemicals—two things that our target meteorite will provide,” Rohit Bhartia of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and SHERLOC’s deputy principal investigator, said in a statement.

Science instruments for NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission.© NASA Science instruments for NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission. The hunt for the perfect meteorite to send back to Mars was carefully planned. There are around 200 known Martian meteorites on Earth—and scientists had to find one that could survive launch and landing. Plus, it needed to be tough, not flaky, and have specific chemical features to test SHERLOC. The one they chose, SaU008, was discovered in Oman in 1999. The sample is rugged, according to researchers, and it was also conveniently up for grabs to use as a test sample from Caroline Smith, the principal curator of meteorites at London’s Natural History Museum.

There will be two pieces of SaU008 for testing on Earth and on Mars. The sample to go to Mars will be the first to return to the planet's surface, though not the first on a return trip to Mars in general. Zagami, another Martian meteorite is still floating in Mars' orbit on the now-defunct Mars Global Surveyor. A second instrument called SuperCam on Mars 2020 rover will also pick out a sample for target practice. Smith said in a statement: “This is a first for us: sending one of our samples back from home for the benefit of science.”

In Oman desert, European venture sets sights on Mars

  In Oman desert, European venture sets sights on Mars Would-be astronauts in aluminium-coated suits venture out in rovers from a sprawling camp in Oman's barren desert: a simulation by a European venture aiming to one day help humans survive on Mars. Would-be astronauts in aluminium-coated suits venture out in rovers from a sprawling camp in Oman's barren desert: a simulation by a European venture aiming to one day help humans survive on Mars.

The Mars 2020 rover mission is part of NASA ' s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The Mars 2020 mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key questions about the potential for life on Mars . The mission takes the next

NASA is sending a piece of Mars back to the Red Planet on the Mars 2020 rover mission. The space agency' s including a meteorite that had its An example of this is on the Curiosity rover , which has a calibration palette consisting of a US 1909 penny for adjusting the sharpness of the rover ' s

Israeli scientists complete mock Mars mission in Negev desert .
A team of six Israeli researchers on Sunday ended a four-day Mars habitat experiment in Israel's Negev desert where they simulated living conditions on the Red Planet, Israel's Science and Technology Ministry said. The experiment was held near the isolated Israeli township of Mitzpe Ramon, whose surroundings resemble the Martian environment in its geology, aridity, appearance and desolation, the ministry said.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!