After being postponed three times to the Iron problem, NASA’s perseverance car is expected to be on July 30 to go to Mars, it will perform a number of tasks, including the search for fossil evidence of extraterrestrial life.
The 21 billion USD, the Rover will also be the first helicopter, called originality, which will allow researchers to understand the vitality and potential of heavier-than-air vehicle to the Red Planet. NASA’s long-term goal is to send a manned mission to Mars in 2030.
Once persevere on Mars in Jay ze Luo crater on. 18, 2021, it will join the still-functioning curiosity the car and now deceased the Opportunity Rover on Mars.
Fox News: I know that DOE is a”power”to detect a vehicle the use of nuclear energy, the MMRTG system, but what are the benefits, with respect to the other system?
Dabbar: Radioisotope power systems provide unique benefits more than the other powers, because they provide a stable source of electrical power in the solar system is dark or dusty. RPS has a proven track record over the mission life. A good example is the Mars Rovers Spirit, Opportunity and curiosity. Spirit and Opportunity use of radioisotope heater units have a mission life of 7 to 14 years respectively, significantly longer than the 3 months the main task of life. Curiosity is the use of an MMRTG and was still going strong 7 years, more than 3 times the main task of the schedule. These two for the longest time of operation of the radioisotope power systems in the missions of the Voyager I and II, which are still in operation 43 years later.
Fox News: Perseverance there are a number of tasks, including finding the fossil remnants of extraterrestrial life, as well as in finding the mineral composition of rock and soil on the Red Planet. Are there any specific tools that DOE has given to NASA to help complete these tasks?
Dabbar: The SuperCam is designed, built and tested at DOE’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in cooperation with the French Space Agency, the Space Research Center. SuperCam using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopic study of the mineral composition, hardness and quality of the Martian rocks and soil, and will search for organic compounds relating to the Martian geological past.
Fox News: Are there any specifically you want the future trolley the findings and how it may help us on Earth?
Dabbar: Scientific user facilities supported by DOE’s Office of science has been very valuable to support the characterization of the material returned from NASA space missions. This includes the use of X-ray and electron imaging to study the morphology and shape of the rock sample and a variety of spectroscopic techniques to reveal the chemical composition. The tireless Rover will be collecting samples during the mission could return to Earth in the future for further analysis, and ultimately contribute to the mission science objectives to improve our understanding of Mars Geology and the search for signs of ancient Martian life.
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