I’ll start with Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rover on Mars. She’s been there for over 9 years and she took a picture of an unusual rock.
On and around the rock were blueberry type objects. She has taken a picture of these round objects before.
A Widow Dragonfly.
The Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, has been on Mars for close to ten years. Recently, she has found indications of water being present in the past on Mars.
Opportunity is driving to another location. It will take some time for her to get there to do more tests on layered rocks. The ground on Mars is tricky. There are rocks, uneven places and rough dirt to travel over. Opportunity will go carefully and slowly on her journey.
The Butterfly Nebula. By, Hubble Space Telescope.
At 11:05, on June 7, 2013, The Cosmic Infrared Background observer was launched from Wallop Flight Facility in the state of Virginia.
The suborbital four stage rocket, Black Brandt XII, carried the artificial satellite to a height of 358 miles above Earth, over the Atlantic Ocean.
This will help understand energy in galaxies.
Sun, Earth and the Space Station.
Mariner 4 was the first probe to take a look at Mars from orbit.
It was launched with the Atlas Agena D.
The mission ended on December 21, 1967. It had arrived in the Mars orbit on July 15, 1965. They had troubles with this mission. There were problems keeping Mariner 4 in a stable orbit. There was dust and they think a comet passed by and a ton of dust hit the probe.
Even so, it was a successful mission.
This is the first image Mariner 4 sent back of craters on Mars.
Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity has been testing Martian dirt. There’s more to this than you’d think.
All the pictures are from NASA/JPL.
The first picture is a diagram of Curiosity. At the bottom left, the camera that is used to look at the ground is MAHLI (Molly).
Here are pictures of the dirt and surroundings of the samples.
This is the area on Mars called Rocknest.
This is the diagram showing the results of the soil tests. There is carbon, but they aren’t sure if it is from Earth or Mars. That will take time to figure out. It is carbon chlorine and it not organic. In other words, they have not found life on Mars. This is the last picture.
During the month of October, things have been busy.
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has seen a dust storm and then a new little dust storm.
Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity has taken readings of the atmosphere. It is a bit complicated and I will talk about that, more likely babble, in another post.
Curiosity did find that the pressure dropped during the dust storm.
This is a drawing of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. All the images are from NASA. I couldn’t find a clear diagram of the instruments on the Orbiter.
A diagram of Opportunity Exploration Rover.
A basic diagram of Curiosity.
The images from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter put together to show the big dust storm.
This picture is of the little dust storm. They don’t think it will go all around Mars.
The Atlas V rocket is a marvel. This rocket put the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity into space.
Curiosity weighs 1,980 lbs. She’s the size of a small SUV.
The pictures are from NASA.
Curiosity, a big, bold, beauty.
Curiosity had a heat shield.
There is a parachute inside to slow down the approach to Mars when landing. Biggest one ever used for landing on Mars.
And a back shell.
This is a drawing of what the aeroshell looked when it is in the atmosphere of Mars during the landing stage.
A drawing for a closer look at the Sky Crane. Curiosity talked to him on the way down and he listened. You’ll see the ropes which are called a bridle to place Curiosity on the ground. They used pyrotechnics, like the stuff for fireworks to cut the ropes once she was on Mars.
As a side note, NASA, JPL was out of contact with Curiosity for a full 7 minutes while she went down through the Mars atmosphere. They didn’t know that she was okay until she sent the first image of Mars. I imagine that they really hoped she’d land on her wheels and not her side.
Curiosity Landed on August 6, 2012.
Back to Curiosity going to the launch pad and Atlas V.
Curiosity was put into a crate to travel from California to Florida. She is in an US Air Force C-17.
The first word of Curiosity’s tweet: WHEE!
A part of another tweet by Curiosity: LET’s LIGHT THIS CANDLE!
It has been a busy time on Mars for the month of October.
The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity had a close look at a new rock in Endeavour Crater.
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity had looked at a couple of rocks and done a soil sample analysis at Rock Nest.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had gotten some pictures of oddities on Mars this year. I’ll start with those.
All the images are from NASA, JPL.
This is a picture of the size comparisons, including Oppy and Curiosity.
At the top, Oppy is on the left and Curiosity is on the right.
This is an artist’s drawing of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that is orbiting Mars now.
Opportunity has been on Mars for about nine years. She’s called Oppy.
This is an artist’s drawing of her.
Mars Rover Opportunity has been on Mars for nine years. In September of this year, she sent back a photo that is of unknown objects.
Curiosity has also been busy.
I’ll start with a pictures and diagrams of both rover. All pictures are from NASA.
First, Opportunity. She is called Oppy.
If Oppy is a sports car, Curiosity is a tank. Here is Curiosity, picture and diagram.
They have names a Mars location Bathurst Inlet.
The last two pictures are of a rock that Curiosity took a picture of. The first picture is five parts put into one photo. The last picture is a close up of a rock.