The deliberate launch date for NASA's Mars 2020 mission is quick approaching and, with lower than a yr, is a vital second for NASA and its companions. Testing methods for the exploration of Mars could seem unimaginable right here on Earth, however our planet does have floor similar to what NASA rovers should take care of on the purple planet.
Not too long ago, NASA despatched a workforce of over a dozen scientists and engineers to Iceland to check new methods for exploring Mars in a discipline lava near the panorama of Mars.
The lava discipline is situated about 100 km from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, and when NASA scientists arrived, they took a really particular visitor with them. It's a cellular prototype that the workforce is utilizing to check numerous methods that could possibly be helpful in future Mars missions, together with the March 2020 case. Nevertheless, it’s way more sturdy than something NASA or anybody else by no means despatched on the purple planet.
The rover, which is powered by a pair of engines linked to a dozen automotive batteries, was designed for testing on Earth, that’s, it’s weather-resistant and never ought to face no rover on Mars. It is usually just a little sooner than the rovers which have traveled Mars, shifting at a velocity of about eight inches per second or about zero.5 mph. For reference, the utmost velocity of the Curiosity cellular is zero.08 mph.
The robotic is supplied with many devices similar to the March 2020 rover, together with numerous sensors and cameras, nevertheless it additionally lacks some necessary options akin to the flexibility to gather and pattern rocks. Nonetheless, the rover helps engineers learn to get probably the most out of the March 2020 rover, whereas dealing with the potential hazards that the pro-Mars robotic could encounter throughout its journey.