Sunday, November 27, 2011

NASA launches a mission to Mars

The rocket Atlas V departed from Cape Canaveral on Saturday to drive the robot into space far better equipped to which NASA hopes to determine whether there is or ever was life conditions for Mars .

This robot (called 'Curiosity') with Spanish technology. Specifically, the instrument holder Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), take weather data from the Martian surface , and a high gain antenna, capable of concentrating the energy in one direction and has been built in the center Astrium Barajas (Madrid).

'Curiosity' is the third generation of vehicles that NASA sends SUV to Mars and is designed to explore the planet's surface for at least one Martian year, which is 686 days on Earth. The intent of the mission is to conduct on-site analysis of physical, chemical and weather. As explained by the U.S. agency, this is intended to identify and interpret biological trace geological and climatic processes.

Similarly, analyzing the temperature, the possibility of existence of liquid water and the level of ultraviolet radiation data to assess whether there may develop some kind of organism in that environment.

Destination: Gale Crater

The booster rocket lifted off at 16.02 CET Spanish from the platform 41 in the Air Force Station in Florida. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL for its acronym in English) will reach the 'red planet' in August 2012.

Two minutes after the game, on a morning cloud over Cape Canaveral, and when the missile amounted to 7778 miles per hour, off the first segment booster once exhausted their service.

Having shed the second segment of booster rocket, the capsule containing the robot 'Curiosity' was shot over 24,000 kilometers per hour to their journey of 9.65 million kilometers in the next eight months and a half with Gale crater destination Mars.


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