John Batchelor, Bob Zimmerman, Twenty Twenty discussed on John Batchelor
Washington's mall, W M, A L or Washington comes to talk. John batchelor. This is the John Batchelor show from the surface of the planet earth. We're going to the surface of the planet. Mars the place called Jezreel crater Bob Zimmerman, he keeps the website behind the black. Bob, Jesolo crater who's going there? And why well we've got a fleet of vehicles that are going to going to Mars in twenty twenty. That's the next rendezvous opportunity. I'm got to Rover Landers that are going one is Nassar's moss twenty twenty. They don't really have a name for it yet. But it's essentially curiosity slightly upgraded. And they've been fighting over where they're gonna land it, and they finally made a decision this week. And as you said zero crater, I'm not sure what both pronouncing that right? I remember the first time this came up. We looked it up, and we discovered it's not intuitive within the pronunciation, but it doesn't matter zero crater. It's located in those if that transition zone, I talk about between the highlands, southern highlands and the. The northern lowlands. So this is essentially the sole line region between what was once possibly a intimate notion in the northern might have been a lake there. Maybe that might have been a lake it's right next to SCO basin, which is a giant very giant impact. Crater impact basin on Moore's once again part of that those northern lowlands. They've got an ancient lake delta system here, which is what they want to explore. You know when you in this transition zone. What's really good is that you're going up and down layers of Jeon geology. So you get a lot of variety of of of of minerals and material to look at for learning something about the history of Mawes, and it's it's it's geological history. And so that's one of the reasons this was picked a somewhat spectacular sight, which is makes me very excited 'cause the images coming from. It are going to be pretty cool. And we just have to wait for it to happen. But that's really very exciting. They also announced John did not NASA. But Europe, the European Space Agency the other land, the XL MAs twenty twenty land. They announced they've made a final decision on their landing site. And it's in a place called Oxy, a platinum which. Interesting John it's in the same transition zone between the northern lowlands in the southern highlands. Gee, what a surprise. But it's a good thing. It's on it's on the other side of the planet. And I've got post them behind the black that indicate where these landing thoughts are relative to each other. They're basically on opposite sides of the planet. The excellent moss landing John is located in the drainage area, essentially down from the giant volcano regions on Mars. So this is an area that took drainage from those giant volcanos, and so it'll be different. And in some ways, maybe more spectacular. The European Space Agency pick it had two finals, and it did take the less risky site. Which is an unreasonable on that part, which means though, it's a little less. Exciting details. I've got a poll some buying the black that really analyzes what that sites like. And it has some flowing meandering features like rivers. So we could see some cool stuff there as well. But these are the two sites twenty twenty s getting close, and so we're going to see some Orlando. I should mention that this week nationals landing insight on on on more. So we got a land to coming in and just the week and landed in twenty twenty. We're filling up the the vast Martian plains with lots of I know that the USA the extra Mars twenty twenty. They have an estimate of the mission being one hundred eighty souls, which means about six months that's the minimum right because they could extend it depending upon the conditions. And how's it power? Does it nuclear energy? Or is it a question? I don't know if the top of my head, I have to admit, I don't know the answer of how they're going to power their pro. Remember, this is a hard thing to do the only country that's ever really been successful at doing. This on Mars is the United States and the only other country, that's tried was Russia Soviet Union. They failed one hundred percent of the time XL laws the Europeans have tried actually the drop things on the surface of Mars several times and haven't really succeeded. They were small experimental prototypes. Though. This is going to be the real thing if they get six months, they're going to be thrilled all these vehicles if they land the odds of. Very working. The odds are very high that they will work longer than their nominal from from a profile of the vehicle that they have up on their site. Looks like solar Bob because they have the big panels spread out. So yeah, I would say it wouldn't surprise me. And that's Pauli Pauli because they haven't done this before. So they're gonna go with a safe safe approach. They don't have experience means. Dust storms, but give us opportunity, you know, ten plus years. It could do either opportunity wasn't hindered in terms. How long it lasted because of its solar panels without question. These are rich days Bob for Martian exploration. All the young PHD's out there. This is heaven everything they're writing about now will be permanently in the human record for the next thousands of years. Every you know, this is the beginning. And will only beginning we we think we really in this now, but I was joking when it said they're covering the vast plains of Mars, we've touched only little tiny places still even with even with a dozen role. We're not near a dozen yet. But even when we get to a dozen Rovers will only have touched tiny amount to the surface. And you know, I do post them behind the black continuously of really spectacular images that had taken from all I've got another one on there on the soft land sides of Mawes. Well, no Rovers even come close to any of that location. And there's cool stuff there. It's all over the planet. And so this is really wonderful time for the. Golden age of the initial exploration of the solar system by the human rights. The seventeenth century. And there's this place called the Chesapeake Bay what what happens now. Now another detail. This is a big time for for probes. Oh, Cyrus Rex what is it, Bob? And the insiders called Rex what is the mission? This is a probe to go to the asteroid. Ben new it's approaching Ben who it's gonna reach around the vote within December third when it reaches it's going to touch down and grab some samples and bring them back to earth. Well, it's unfolded. It's robot arm it works, and so we just a few weeks away from that. Rhonda, the we've got you know, you got other asteroids a higher booster too. This is a very busy time right now with planetary probes. John, and I'm very glad that Bob Zimmerman's back to catch us up on. What we've missed these last week's Bob Zimmerman keeps the website behind the black. I'm John bachelor. This.