TechnologyNASA’s Mars Helicopter has passed another flight test
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NASA’s Mars Helicopter — which is— has recently and is expected to be integrated with the rover for the Mars 2020 launch this summer. Getting a heavier-than-air craft to fly on Mars is tough because Martian air is much thinner than Earth’s.
Earlier this year, JPLin “a simulated Martian environment” that put the helicopter through temperatures as low as minus 130 degrees Fahrenheit and flew it in a vacuum chamber that simulated Martian air — it was also to help simulate Martian gravity. Some of the testing was to ensure that the Mars Helicopter could survive the conditions it would experience during an actual rocket launch.
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The Mars Helicopter is now back at JPL, where it will has already had a new solar panel installed. NASA says that it isn’t putting any science instruments on the helicopter beyond a camera, but that instead it’s a “technology demonstrator” to prove that it’s possible to remotely fly a Martian drone from Earth.
The Mars 2020 mission is still scheduled to launch in July 2020 and arrive on Mars on February 18th, 2021. You cannot go, but you canthat will be placed onboard. The , where NASA hopes its rover might find signs of ancient life.
NASA noticed something on old images of Mars that made her wonder
Research is not just collecting data, it's also evaluating and re-evaluating previously collected data. That's exactly what theis doing at the moment - and has encountered a mysterious fact on Mars.
Scientists discovered ice, where there really was not supposed to be: the equator.Ice Discovered on Mars
Jack Wilson, a John Hopkins University researcher in applied physics at Laurel, and his team evaluated the data from 2002 to 2009 using anneutron spectrometer.
The high levels of hydrogen found around the equator usually indicate water below the surface. This is so interesting for the researchers because the relatively easy access to water could help to make a Mars mission easier to plan. For example, the entrained goods could be reduced if the natural resources of Mars could be used.
This not only applies to a potable water supply, but also to the fuel that could be produced hydrogen-based.
Through modern image editing, the team managed to increase the quality of the blurred images and eliminate the image noise. The technique helped the scientists reduce the range of what they saw from 520 kilometers to 290, allowing them to sharpen their focus on the essentials. This allowed Wilson and his team to get a better idea of what's going on and below the surface. The results announced the NASA.
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Thermodynamically stable ice was unlikely on Mars
The neutron spectrometer is unable to detect water, but can only measure neutrons and thus the abundance of Determine hydrogen. In 2002 researchers discovered for the first time hydrogen at higher latitudes, in 2008 they found out that it is ice.
At lower latitudes on Mars, it was previously thought that thermodynamically stable ice was not possible.
Wilson's team focused primarily on the equator with a 1,000-kilometer range from the slightly erodible northern plains to the southern highlands. Using a radar, the researchers discovered ice beneath the surface. "If the hydrogen detected were actually ice just a few feet below the surface, then surely there would be more to it than just the pores in the soil," says Wilson.Unclear why the ice stays there
Why there is hydrogen at this point is currently unclear. One theory is that the dust has joined ice from polar regions and has migrated through the atmosphere to the equator over millions of years when the axis tilt was even greater than it is today.
According to Wilson, it is also a possibility that it is hydrogenated salts, because in his opinion, the ice below the surface should be long molten. More studies would be needed to finally solve the mystery.
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