Mars Rover 2013
Let’s examine what power the rover requires to move, use its science instruments, and communicate with Earth. The Mars Science Laboratory rover carries a radioisotope power system that generates electricity from the heat of plutonium's radioactive decay. This power source gives the mission an operating lifespan on Mars' surface of at least a full Martian year (687 Earth days) or more while also providing significantly greater mobility and operational flexibility, enhanced science payload capability, and exploration of a much larger range of latitudes and altitudes than was possible on previous missions to Mars. The rover's energy
Mars Rover Set to "Drive, Drive, Drive"—Headed for "Prize" Mountain With its extensive robotic-arm tests set to conclude Thursday, the Mars Science Laboratory rover — aka Curiosity — is ready to "drive, drive, drive," mission manager Jennifer Trosper of NASA 's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) said in a press conference Wednesday. The initial goal? "To find the right rock to begin doing contact science with the arm." Once there, the rover can call on the most sophisticated suite of tools ever sent to an alien planet, including an x-ray spectrometer to identify elements in rocks, a supersharp close-up camera, and a lab-in-a-box that chemically analyzes samples dropped in by the arm. The ultimate goal is to uncover — or rule out — the evidence of past or present organic compounds and other substances seen as building blocks of life as we know it. Curiosity's likely next stop is a site called Glenelg, chosen in part because it features three types of rock.
Depleted Cranium » Blog Archive » Something Even More Amazing Than Curiosity on Mars There is now a new rover on the surface of mars. It’s the size of a small SUV and has capabilities that surpass all planetary lander that came before. With a suite of high power cameras, computers and transmitters, Curiosity can capture images of unprecedented resolution and even record high definition video, with the ability to cache images and video to two gigabytes of on board storage before transmitting them back to earth.
Remote Sensing Tutorial Page 13-4 Measurements with radiometers and spectrometers are carried out primarily to accumulate specific spectral signatures of various materials and features that help to build up a spectral data "bank". This can be done under controlled laboratory conditions, leading to "representative" signatures for the particular material. Signatures gathered in the field, from portable instruments on tripods or mounted on "cherry pickers", will include more natural conditions, such as atmospheric effects and solar illumination.
Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven... Video description Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars. Curiosity is scheduled to land on August 5.
Nuclear generator powers Curiosity Mars mission When the Curiosity rover touched down on Mars yesterday, a specially designed nuclear generator kicked into action. Previous Mars missions have relied on solar panels to power the rovers, but exploration was slowed down by dust build-up on the solar panels or short winters days with little sunlight. The Curiosity Rover, which is as big as a large car, is also significantly larger and ten times heavier than previous Martian rovers.
NASA’s Mars science rover Curiosity landed safely on the Red Planet Mars. Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is a robotic space probe mission to Mars launched by NASA on November 26, 2011, which successfully landed Curiosity, a Mars rover, in Gale Crater on August 6, 2012 at 05:14:39 UTC. After years of hard work and seven minutes of terror, workers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory let out their tears of joy. It took more than 8 months for the Curiosity to make the journey from Earth to Mars. The robotic lab sailed through space for more than eight months, covering 352 million miles (566 million km), before piercing Mars’s atmosphere at 13,000 miles (20,921 km) per hour — 17 times the speed of sound — before starting its descent. The USD 2.5 billion spacecraft is the largest and most advanced ever sent to another planet. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity Lands On Mars - Key Facts | Itechwik
Mars Exploration Rover Mission: The Mission
Mars Rover Ready to Scoop Sand: Big Pic
Lifting SAM Instrument for Installation into Mars Rover Lifting SAM Instrument for Installation into Mars Rover The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, largest of the 10 science instruments for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, will examine samples of Martian rocks, soil and atmosphere for information about chemicals that are important to life and other chemical indicators about past and present environments. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., built SAM. The 40-kilogram (88-pound) instrument includes three laboratory tools for analyzing chemistry, plus mechanisms for handling and processing samples. In this photograph, technicians and engineers inside a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., prepare to install SAM into the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity. The photograph was taken on Jan. 6, 2011.
At this Web site you can study aerodynamics at your own pace and to your own level of interest. Some of the topics included are: Newton's basic equations of motion ; the motion of a free falling object, that neglects the effects of aerodynamics; the terminal velocity of a falling object subject to both weight and air resistance ; the three forces (lift, drag, and weight) that act on a glider ; and finally, the four forces that act on a powered airplane. Because aerodynamics involves both the motion of the object and the reaction of the air, there are several pages devoted to basic gas properties and how those properties change through the atmosphere. This site was created at NASA Glenn as part of the Learning Technologies Project (LTP) . It is currently supported by the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA HQ through the Educational Programs Office at NASA Glenn.
This Overview page for the Preliminary Design Phase contains the following sections: Overview The preliminary design phase may also be known as conceptual design or architectural design . During this phase, the high-level design concept is created, which will implement the complex electronics requirements. This design concept may be expressed as functional block diagrams, design and architecture descriptions, sketches, and/or behavioral HDL (hardware description language). Preliminary Design Overview
1. Watch the NASA video “Intro to Engineering.” Show students the NASA video. As you hear each step described in the video, write it on the board: Question—identify the question you are trying to answer Ideas—brainstorm ideas to solve the problem; pick the one that makes the most sense Draw plan—sketch out a plan Build—build the model Test —test multiple times, improving on the original idea between each test Explain to students that they will follow these same steps that scientists and engineers use as they design and create a vehicle that can safely land a probe or rover on a planet. Landing a Space Probe or Rover
T his page contains links to the detailed Lesson Plans for the Mars Rover Model Celebration Overview Detailed Lesson Plans Grade 3-5 Lesson Plans Lesson 1: Overview of the Solar System Mars Rover: Lesson Plans
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