NASA unveils Curiosity 2, which will roll out in March 2021
NASA announced the objectives and instruments that will take place aboard his future Mars rover. Unsurprisingly, CNES will participate in this mission by providing SuperCam after his successful collaboration with NASA in the robotic exploration of the Red Planet.
On 08/05/2014 at 11:28 - By Remy Decourt, Futura-Sciences
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Scientific instruments aboard future Mars rover NASA. It uses the same platform as that of Curiosity. © NASA
The successor of Curiosity (currently active) and future mission Insight (from 2016) to be launched in July 2020 Provisionally dubbed March 2020 Rover , it should land on the Red Planet in February 2021 in a site yet to be determined. coloring pages for boys The operations are expected to last until August 2023 The rover will be built around the same platform as Curiosity to reduce costs and technological risks.
Engineers and scientists have planned to address the weaknesses of its predecessor. The wheels of Curiosity particular have unfortunately deteriorated faster than expected. Another concern to consider: the weather station has sensors failed, probably damaged in the landing. This new version, again provided by Spain, should be installed in a different configuration comprising a set of sensors for measurement of temperature, speed and wind direction, pressure, moisture, and finally the size and shape of the grains of dust in the atmosphere.
The LIBS CEA used on Mars by Iinstrument ChemCam, will once again the cornerstone of future large rover NASA. In 2020, CNES SuperCam use analyzer of the elemental composition of Martian targets by laser ablation and optical spectroscopy (LIBS). To recap, the LIBS process involves spraying the laser material to be studied and analyzed by the spectrometer light emitted by the plasma created in order to determine the chemical composition. © CEA