Space agency NASA has just successfully landed a new robot named Curiosity to the planet Mars. Curiosity is the most sophisticated robot ever built by NASA.
Manufacturing costs are very large, reaching USD 2.5 billion. Curiosity is the seventh robot specifically created for NASA visited the red planet.
Over the next two years, will explore the surface of the planned Curiosity Mars. Its main mission is to investigate whether primitive life ever existed there.
Want to know how the photos are and what kind of sophistication Curiosity?
Flight from Earth to Mars until the landing took so long. Curiosity had set foot on the red planet after flying for about 8 months and traveled 570 million kilometers.
Curiosity robot that has four wheels it will automatically move on rough terrain of Mars. Indeed, the technology is designed to be very sophisticated, far exceeding the previous Mars robot.
Curiosity has sent a signal to land safely on Mars. He also sent his first picture that has been warmly welcomed by the crew of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
“We are on Mars again and it was incredible,” said NASA’s director, Charles Bolden expressed his delight over the landing of Curiosity.
“Curiosity successful landing – the most sophisticated laboratory rover that had landed on another planet – marking the unanticipated technological features that will be a point of national pride until far into the future,” said U.S. President Barack Obama in his statement.
Curiosity operates using nuclear power. The size of a small car and is equipped with sophisticated research tools.
Nuclear power makes it capable of operating for long. With advanced technology embedded in it, Curiosity is about five times heavier than the previous NASA sent robots to Mars.
Yes, the weight of the robot is in the range of 1 ton, so when landing on Mars to be the most thrilling. This robot is carried by a rocket
So close to the surface of Mars, the rocket will reduce Curiosty with some sort of rope. So make sure the robot landed safely, the module will fly and leave Curiosity alone on Mars. Fortunately, landing smoothly as planned.
This robot has an electronic hand with a drill, and the laser laboratory to smell if there are elements of the building blocks of life on Mars. Curiosity Mars also able to accurately detect radiation.
Curiosity measured radiation levels will be analyzed by NASA. This is to determine what kind of environment that would be encountered if an astronaut when they landed there.
Curiosity landing site was chosen near the equator line. Because there are signs that in the past had no source of running water. This is curious because the water is a key condition for life.
Robots have successfully identified the ice near the north pole of Mars and the evidence that there was once water on the planet. Perhaps there never was a time where there are a lot of water on Mars.
Curiosity is the main purpose of examining the main ingredients necessary for life such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and oxygen. Curiosity is not yet equipped tool to search for living organisms.
To really understand whether there is life on Mars, the next mission in the future have a harder task. That took the material on Mars and bring it back to earth to be investigated in advanced laboratories.
Planet Mars is intriguing. This planet is said that if the planet than the planet other than Earth, the most suitable for life. Not a few who dream of someday Mars could actually live human being when the earth was packed.
No wonder NASA has always felt curious about this one planet. There have been many missions launched to investigate the red planet in detail.
However, the condition of Mars ternyat weight for life. For example, a thin atmosphere that prevents the existence of liquid water. But from the evidence, there is the possibility of this planet to be habitable even though NASA has not been able to prove whether there ever living there.
In addition to the United States, some states also curious on Mars. Since the 1960s, Europe, the Soviet Union and Japan tried to send a variety of aircraft to investigate Mars. In part led to the failure.