ANNOUNCEMENT: Rover built in Uk will go to Mars in September See date and latest details here

18/01/2022

ANNOUNCEMENT: The UK-built rover will go to Mars in September! ESA has announced that a rover built with the help of the Uk space agency will go to the red planet in September. The launch of the rover is expected to be somewhere in the middle or end of September. 

On this day, the rover turns approx. 1 year of preparations since it was designed. ESA tested the rover by creating environments similar to Mars, where the rover, learned to descend a slope, and learned everything it needed to know in order to accomplish its mission on the red planet. 

The European Space Agency has announced that a final overhaul will take place in April, after which the rover will be taken directly to the launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. As you can see in the ESA video above, the rover is watched as it descends a slope, you will ask that it is easy, but for that rover to be able to descend that slope, many scientists worked in many years to can do this. 

In addition, such exercises take 15 minutes for the whole process. Not so on Mars. Scientists have said that the process here, in 15 minutes could be done in a few Martian days and can take up to a week on Mars. This is due to the process of the downhill wheels, also disengaging its mast and performs a few checks before descending. These checks and the process of a few Martian days are necessary so that the rover does not somehow break on Mars, because no crew could get there to repair it. So safety is better. ESA also has a twin rover with the one that will go to Mars. 

The rover that will go to Mars is Rosalind, and her twin rover is Amalia. ESA stated the following: "Engineers are using Amalia - which is exactly what the rover on the Red Planet will be able to do - to choreograph different scenarios and make decisions that will keep Rosalind safe in the challenging environment of Mars." 

Credit: ESA
Credit: ESA

Besides Rosalind, Amalia's results are also commendable. Amalia has so far been able to drill 1.7 meters into the ground and all of her instruments on board are functional. ESA: "Amalia has so far demonstrated drilling ground samples up to 1.7 meters and operated all instruments on board while sending data to the Rover Operations Control Center, the hub that will orchestrate the rover's roaming on Mars. ".

The rover, which will be launched on Mars, will be part of ESA's ExoMars program, which so far includes only two missions, launched in 2016. Trace Gas Orbiter was ESA's first mission to Mars to look for evidence of atmospheric gases that could mean a biologically active process. And Schiaparelli, which is a module for entry, descent and landing, is testing technologies that help and will help the next missions on Mars. Unfortunately, Schiaparelli was destroyed a few months after its launch. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 18 January 2022, at 09:10 am Los Angeles time

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