CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA is counting down to launching its latest Mars rover. Named robot the size of a car endurance, is set to rise toward the Red Planet on Thursday (July 30) during a two-hour window that opens at 7:50 p.m. EDT (1150 GMT), and you can watch it live.
Endurance will launch atop the Atlas V rocket, coupled with the Space Launch Alliance (ULA), from space launch complex 41 here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Rover lands on the floor of Mars. ” Crater Lake February 18, 2021
The start of operations will begin on Thursday at 7:00 EDT (1100 GMT), while the opening window will remain open until approximately 9:50 EDT (1350 GMT). There will be more launch opportunities in this time frame, and you can watch the launch live here on Space.com and through NASAThe ULA will also offer a live broadcast launch, which begins about 20 minutes before the start of the flight.
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The weather forecast looks good for life planned for tomorrow, with an 80% probability of favorable conditions. A sunny sky is expected, with clouds only a small concern.
powerful Atlas in a rocket will run in configuration 541. This version of Atlas V, called “Dominator” by ULA CEO Tory Bruno, is the second strongest on the market. The main engine of the RD-180 will be accompanied by four fixed rocket engines with a strap along with the upper stage Centaur. First-stage propulsion engines and fixed rockets together produce £ 2.3 million. strength.
perseverance is road to Mars it will last approximately 6.5 months and will culminate in an intense landing sequence that NASA officials have called “7 minutes of terror.” Perseverance will have to deal with this terror in itself: As soon as the order to begin the landing sequence begins, the rover is in itself.
After a successful landing, the rover will spend the next few years exploring the bottom of a 28-mile-wide (45-kilometer) lake that was home to the lake and river delta billions of years ago. NASA scientists have named the crater one of the most habitable places on (old) Mars.
As a mobile geologist, the cart is equipped with a set of scientific tools to help it search signs of past lifeEndurance also packs 43 sample tubes, which he uses to collect pieces of Mars, which the mission later retrieves and sends back to Earth. During his mission, the non-compromised explorer will collect at least 20 samples and, if possible, between 30 and 35, said members of the mission teams.
The Perseverance Mission, a $ 2.7 billion project known as Mars 2020, is only the first stage in a multi-mission mission to send the first samples back from another planet. NASA will partner with the European Space Agency to bring the samples back to Earth, potentially as early as 2031.
But before that can happen, perseverance must begin. The Rover was stacked on top of its rocket ride on July 7 and spent the following weeks installing a power source and preparing to launch. NASA relies on a proven method: nuclear power to power a state-of-the-art rover.
Endurance runs on the same energy system that NASA Curiosity Mars rover relies on – a plutonium-powered device known as Thermoelectric generator with multiple missions, The generator takes heat from nuclear decomposition and converts it into electrical energy, which the rover can use to power its systems. A long-lasting source of energy will be able to keep the roadway warm and in operation for at least 14 years, which is the end of the planned mission.
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In addition to the samples from the cache, the rover will turn on the stones and take many pictures on its way. As the roadway looks for signs of life, it will also perform several technological demonstrations that will be crucial for future missions not only to Mars, but also to other targets in the solar system.
One such example is the Mars Oxygen ISRU experiment, or MOXIE for short. This piece of hardware takes carbon dioxide from a thin layer Martian atmosphere and convert it to breathable oxygen. When NASA looks to send humans to Mars in the 1930s, it must find out how future astronauts can breathe without having to carry oxygen with them.
“It’s a critical step on our journey to send people to Mars,” said Space.com’s Zena Cardman, one of NASA’s latest astronauts. “We want to make sure we have it fixed, and it’s easier to do with robots before lives are in danger.”
“It’s an exciting time and an essential part of technology,” she added.
Cardman, who is also a trained biologist, has a unique perspective on the upcoming launch. Asked if she was more excited about the potential to find life on Mars or testing future technologies she could one day rely on, she told Space.com, “As a biologist, I can imagine some more serious questions like,” Are we alone? when I think about this perspective. “
Cardman explained that she is sometimes asked if she thinks she has missed the golden age of space exploration (which means the Apollo era), but she thinks that we now live in a golden age.
“I think this is the most amazing time to explore the universe,” she said. “The fact that we are sending a cart Mars when we talk about sending people to the moon, it’s unbelievable. ‘ ”
The endurance rover is part of NASA’s Moon to Mars plan, a reconnaissance program aimed at returning men and women to the moon by 2024. This mission and more at NASA Artemis program of the monthly survey, is intended as a springboard for possible missions with a crew to Mars.
Asked if he would jump to the opportunity to go to Mars, Cardman said, “Yes!” She said that although NASA did not yet know which astronauts it would send to the moon, it would certainly volunteer.
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