While this doesn’t directly have to do with any tips, ideas, or drama about surviving alien invasion novels, the Curiosity rover wraps up quite a few themes worthy of note, including future space technology, the space program in the
the tenuous relationship between science and politics, and the fairly massively
important possible existence of alien life. United States
After a long journey starting on
November 26, 2011, Curiosity landed with several missions in mind. The first, and primary mission, is to
investigate Mars for potential signs of life, whether those signs of life
include evidence of actual past (or even present!) organisms or just conditions
that would allow for life in the future.
After all of the increasingly frequent studies, theories and extrapolations about potential life and life-ready conditions on the surface of Mars, Curiosity is supposed to definitively answer the question ‘has life ever been supported on Mars?’. Aside from this, Curiosity is also supposed to study the overall climate and geology of Mars – after all, the planet might not have had life before, but it’s equally important to see if we could ever live on Mars. (For more information about our plans to ever live on Mars, check out Peter Diamandis and Mars One.)
But, now that Curiosity has successfully landed and will doubtlessly have some good discovieries to share with us, maybe sheer momentum and – if you saw everyone on the NASA channel and CNN – happy determination will push it back towards more useful numbers.
Curiosity also tested several new mechanisms, not least of which the landing system. Rather than using past methods of just rockets, parachutes, aeroshells, or airbags, Curiosity will be placed on the surface of Mars via Sky Crane.
Sky Crane. This new technology was the last step in slowing Curiosity’s descent from its initial speed of 13,200 miles per hour to soft touchdown, and took over in the last twelve seconds. Check out Space.com’s info graphic of it here.
We can look at the science of it, the potential aliens and space colonies of it, and the future of space technology. But at the moment, we should all be deliriously happy that things like this are possible and that things like this are being done.
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