Did you know NASA has a mission to study Mars using rovers? The youngest rover sent to Mars is called Curiosity. The size of a small SUV, Mars’ curiosity rover is the largest rover ever sent to Mars. It carries a lot of scientific equipment for the Mars Science Laboratory mission. This is NASA’s most ambitious Mars mission to date. Its goal is to test new landing technologies, study Mars’ environment, and determine whether Mars could support life.
Mars’ Curiosity rover was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 26, 2011. NASA described its landing process as the ‘Seven Minutes of Terror’, since it was a complicated and very risky landing. Fortunately, the rover landed safely on August 6, 2012. Armed with a Chem Cam, Curiosity can zap an object with a laser to analyze its composition. Its 6 wheels can also turn 360° in place. During its operation, the rover has demonstrated a new landing method. With its initial 2-year mission extended on December 2012, Curiosity will become the foundation of the planned Mars 2020 rover development.
Mars’ Curiosity rover, which is sent from earth to the red planet for 6 years, has been strolling and meeting many things up there. No, unfortunately those things do not include aliens and UFOs, yet. Mars’ Curiosity Rover has been sent to Mars carrying missions for future human exploration. Therefore, the main objective is to gather information regarding anything that supports the possibility of life on Mars. After an earth’s year of lonely travel since landing, here is rover’s most important finding.
It is concluded that Mars possibly held ancient life. As stated on NASA’s official website, the fundamental question for Curiosity’s mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment. Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, says, “from what we know now, the answer is yes.” This statement is based on the discoveries of various particles that signify a living habitat. The particles found in the rock that contains clay minerals and sulfate minerals indicate the area was once wet. This information leads to an indication that life remains possible, or at least, it was. This will keep our dream of visiting Mars in the future alive.
As the discovery continues, the latest update regarding the lonely Mars Curiosity rover’s finding encompasses what distinguishes Mars and Earth, which is their atmosphere compositions. It is mentioned the atmosphere of Mars contains xenon and krypton gases. It means that, if we inhale all those chemicals in Mars’s air, we will probably die. The scientists are still working on this matter to reveal how habitable Mars would be. Do not give up on alien or Superman, because our “curiosity” also roams further than Mars.
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