NASA says the rover of curiosity only struck a relatively long journey on Mars, resulting in its mileage turning over…
NASA says the rover of curiosity only struck a relatively long journey on Mars, resulting in its mileage turning over the 12-mile mark. The rover is now located at the Lake Orcadie Red Planet, a place where NASA previously tried to drill into the cobblestones. The spacecraft anticipates successful results this time thanks to newly identified drilling sites and improved drilling.
NASA’s Mars Law earlier tried to get rock samples with curiosity drill in places called Lake Orcadie and Lake Orcadie 2. The rover’s instrument failed to get enough samples both times because it is not possible to penetrate far enough into the bedrock. More than 240 solar (Mars days) have passed since these attempts, and researchers have had time to improve the drilling process.
In addition, NASA says the researchers have identified a trio of new potential drilling sites where a test can be harvested successfully. Rover’s Dust Removal Tool was used to scrape the bedrock at potential locations, allowing researchers to see where the surface is softer.
The space agency says curiosity made a 20m / 65ft trip to the potential site today. Overall, NASA says that the rover traveled about 197ft during the last weekend, which is the longest distance it has crossed since September’s memory impairment problem. NASA’s team had switched rover to a computer called “Side-A” on October 3 to get around the problem.
NASA explains that its curiosity rover is “back to business” and the next drilling will take place later this week. This does not mean that the rover’s team ignores the side-B computer problem, though; Space Agency says they continue to work on diagnosing the problem.
The curiousity team was explained on the NASA Mars website as they spent today focusing on getting the rover to the right place for the drill. The researchers require images of the areas caught by curiosity to ensure that previous drill ruptures have been lost. Experts need to submit a final confirmation analysis on the potential bedrock to determine whether drilling on it will take place before the next weekend.
Even though Curiosity is back to work on its own mission, NASA’s older Opportunity robs quietly after Mars’s global dust storm. Although the storm began to decline several weeks ago, the space agency could not come into contact with its second rover, which entered a low energy state during the worst part of the storm.
Heavy dust shakers had exposed the sun, leaving the possibility rover unable to recharge their batteries with solar energy. The rover was designed to handle such a situation, but NASA warned in the past that an unforeseen problem might have taken offsets for good.
NASA is not ready to give up the opportunity though, saying it waits and see if Mars’s coming wind season will blow dust from the rover solar panels. If you assume that dust prevents the batteries from charging, the blowing season may be the key to resetting the rover to a full power state. If contact is not made in the coming months, NASA will re-examine the rover situation in January 2019 and issue an update at that time.