Kyuriositi” finally made it to the key objective of his mission





American space agency NASA announced that the Mars rover ” Kyuriositi “finally made ​​it to its final destination – the foot of Mount Sharp – and soon will begin to address key research all of this space mission.

Recall that the “Kyuriositi” left Earth in November 2011 and reached the Red Planet in August 2012. Rover landing occurred in Gale Crater, stretching about 154 kilometers on the surface of Mars, and the assumption of scientists, was formed about 3.5-3.8 billion years ago.

Arriving at Mars, Mars rover the size of a small car just hit the scientific activities of the scientists began to collect Martian soil samples and do a lot of pictures, due to which astronomers can learn more about the climate and geology of the Red Planet.

At its NASA site explains that the size of the Martian mountains, the investigation of which soon will “Kyuriositi”, comparable to the size of Mount Rainier, located in the world in the American national park. Martian mountain Eolida itself, also known as Mount Sharp, is located in the heart of Gale Crater.

Operators and researchers responsible for each movement of the rover, they say that at the moment “Kyuriositi” is located at the foot of the mountain. This area is also called Murray. The researchers note that the local surface, in contrast to other parts of Gale Crater does not contain traces of meteorite fall. Instead, the surface is very soft.

Before the rover begins its ascent to Mount Sharp, he will spend some time to explore the lower slopes of the mountain. Scientists are particularly interested in the area, called Pahrump Hills. The rover will cross the valley and spend a few tests of the local soil.

“We spent a lot of months for the order to reach the starting point of the mountain Sharpe. We finally got here. The next step for us is the choice of priorities in the study of each layer of the mountain “- explains the researcher Jennifer Trosper.

“In the glorious history of” Kyuriositi “and his travel begins a new chapter. Following the historic and incredible way to landing, as well as numerous successful scientific discoveries await us new discoveries “- complements the words of his colleague Jim Green, a scientist at NASA.

Recall that, in addition to the task of studying the natural Martian environment and search for possible evidence that the Red Planet once could exist microbial life, the task of “Kyuriositi” also is to collect important data that can open doors to new space missions to Mars , but with the involvement of the living.

In NASA believe that sending people to Mars could take place in the 2030s. In order to increase the chances of this possibility, astronomers need more detailed acquaintance with the local landscape and learn more about its history and evolution.


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