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Tech & Science NASA has a new, foldable heat shield, and it could be part of a manned Mars mission

12:50  14 september  2018
12:50  14 september  2018 Source:   bgr.com

The clock is now officially ticking on NASA’s sleeping Opportunity rover

  The clock is now officially ticking on NASA’s sleeping Opportunity rover Even if you aren't particularly interested in space or science news you've probably heard about the plight of NASA's Opportunity rover. That was in early June, and even though the skies above the rover have become bright again there’s been no sign that the rover has woken back up. Now, with hope and patience both dwindling, NASA has officially started the countdown to declaring the rover officially dead.

A manned mission to Mars is (very) slowly coming together for the folks at NASA . There's a lot of incredibly specific planning that goes into a mission The entire rest of the spacecraft typically has to be built with the heat shield in mind, and that puts some serious limits on how a manned ship could

A manned mission to Mars is (very) slowly coming together for the folks at NASA . There's a lot of incredibly specific planning that goes into a mission to another planet, and Mars will give scientists and engineers a long list of challenges to overcome, but there's one thing that no planet-hopping.

  NASA has a new, foldable heat shield, and it could be part of a manned Mars mission © Provided by BGR A manned mission to Mars is (very) slowly coming together for the folks at NASA. There’s a lot of incredibly specific planning that goes into a mission to another planet, and Mars will give scientists and engineers a long list of challenges to overcome, but there’s one thing that no planet-hopping expedition could do without: a heat shield.


Mankind doesn’t have a whole lot of interest in visiting planets without atmospheres — at least not yet — and when a spacecraft makes its descent to a new planet’s surface they’ll have to deal with the intense friction between the ship and the various gasses that surround the planet. With all that in mind, NASA debuted an entirely new kind of heat shield this week, and it might be a perfect fit for future missions to Mars and beyond.

Hope dwindles as NASA’s Opportunity rover refuses to contact Earth

  Hope dwindles as NASA’s Opportunity rover refuses to contact Earth Time flies when you're trying to message a rover that just won't wake up. The rover, which is over a decade and a half old at this point, was only supposed to last a few months on the Martian surface. It’s since spent over 14 years on the Martian surface, and the original mission timeline has been extended again and again as the rover proved it was up for additional work, but now it’s looking more and more like it might be the end of the road.

NASA tested the new heat shield this week, launching its test rocket from New Mexico and monitoring the deployment of the shield as the rocket made reentry. The group hasn’t offered much in the way of details as to how the test went, but that information will be released once NASA has a chance to

NASA tested the new heat shield this week, launching its test rocket from New Mexico and monitoring the deployment of the shield as the rocket made reentry. The group hasn’t offered much in the way of details as to how the test went, but that information will be released once NASA has a chance to

As Reuters reports, the new heat shield is called ADEPT, which stands for Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology. That’s just a very fancy way of saying that it’s a heat shield that physically unfolds when needed. The shield, which would be situated on the front of a spacecraft as it enters a planet’s atmosphere, opens like a flower and blocks the intense heat from damaging or destroying the ship itself.

What makes this so special is that, up until now, heat shields were static components of a spacecraft. The entire rest of the spacecraft typically has to be built with the heat shield in mind, and that puts some serious limits on how a manned ship could be designed. With a deployable shield, the ship can essentially be whatever its designers want it to be, and the shield can be deployed to do its job whenever it’s needed.

NASA's mission to 'touch the sun' beams back first images

  NASA's mission to 'touch the sun' beams back first images Sun not included.

NASA has set its sights on building homes on Mars . 18 teams were tasked with designing a virtual model © Provided by BGR A manned mission to Mars is (very) slowly coming together for the folks at NASA on Wednesday launched and tested a new foldable umbrella-like heat shield , that could

NASA tests foldable heat shield that could help human Mars landing : NASA explains why its NASA is preparing to send a new rover robotic lander to Mars in 2020 and plans to send human A manned mission to Mars is (very) slowly coming together for the folks at NASA . Load Error.

NASA tested the new heat shield this week, launching its test rocket from New Mexico and monitoring the deployment of the shield as the rocket made reentry. The group hasn’t offered much in the way of details as to how the test went, but that information will be released once NASA has a chance to examine the hardware that made it back to Earth.

It looks like Samsung’s foldable phone won’t have Gorilla Glass whenever it actually launches .
At this point, we still don't have a firm idea of when Samsung's foldable so-called Galaxy F smartphone will finally arrive -- whether it will land in November or at some point after that. That’s according to SamMobile, which reports that though Samsung already uses the special cover glass made by Corning to protect the displays of many of its other smartphones, technological limitations are apparently the reason the long-awaited foldable phone won’t sport Gorilla Glass.

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