Mars Twenty Twenty, Nasa, Landers discussed on SPACE NEWS POD
And Mars twenty twenty which is a NASA mission in on this role, but there's actually a helicopter which is okay. Think about that for a second. There's a helicopter that's going to be on Mars, not a spacecraft, but in actual helicopter. It's like four pounds, it's something can hold your hands at something that you can, you know, a child could pick it up. But they're sending a freaking helicopter. Tomorrow's how insane is that? In twenty twenty four for female will be setting her foot on the surface of the moon. Follow by the next man on the moon. So this is kind of the next stage. Right. So twenty twenty they're sending a, a Mars Rover, which will be looking for signs of ancient life. It will be the first space craft in history to collect samples of the Martian surface, and they'll be putting them in tubes for later, it'll be they'll have all these things in tubes for later, the cashing them in, then they could be returned to earth in a future mission, which to me. Okay. So if, if you think about that, I, I gained Mars millions of miles away. We go there every once in a while with robots. Now we have a few robots. That's the only only thing that's on Mars. Right now, the only I guess being that's on Mars right now. Our Rovers human-made Rovers that are on Mars that we know of but this Rover this twenty twenty Rover could possibly find signs of ancient life on Mars. So when Mars twenty twenty gets done with their mission. Well, when they do the mission, I should say they're going to be looking for water. They're going to be looking for oxygen the going to be. Looking for ways for humans to survive in space? And the real situation here is okay. So this March twenty twenty Rover. It's kind of setting the standard for okay? What are humans going to be able to do on Mars? What are we going to find out? You need a steady supply of oxygen when you get there, you can't really transport a bunch of oxygen from earth. The Mars because it costs so much. It's huge. It's a huge tank and the tank like take of oxygen dozen last a really long time. So there's an experiment, the Mars oxygen in situ resource utilization experiment. The moxie. Okay. So say that really fast, it's exploring space, saving alternative that converts carbon dioxide, which is about ninety six percent of the Mars atmosphere, changes that into oxygen in moxie is a small scale demonstration, but it's a technology demonstration. Right. So you get this thing up there. He gets us device up there and because it can hopefully let's hope this works. In that a changes the atmosphere into oxygen while net the whole atmosphere. But it changes some bit at oxygen, which we can then store in tanks on the Martian surface for our human Landers. So. The good thing is. It's a small test in, then we can ramp it up. Right. So you gotta do these small tests like everything it's like software engineering. You do these small tests. Okay. What are the bugs? Let's fix the bugs. Let's figure out if this thing actually works or not, the, the code compiles. And if the code compiles, cool, it works. So let's make something better. So that's what this thing is going to be the moxie experiment is going to Mars oxygen in situ resource. Utilization experiment. Who that's a long? One Ness, always has a thing for that, right? There is make the longest names. So. Basically, once we get moxie all up and running in the next generation, and the next generation moxie, then we'll have oxygen readily available on the Martian surface for our astronauts in Mars. Twenty twenty also has something. For water on Mars. So they have the radar imager for marts subsurface experiment. The rim facts, the radar imager for Mars subsurface experiment. So many long names. So March twenty twenty scientists will use its high resolution images to look at berry geology, like Incheon lake beds, but the radar could be used to find stores of underground ice that astronauts could access to provide drinking water. So. Basically, it's radar that looks under the ground. It looks for ice and astronauts will have to go to this ice, chip it out. How were they doing they're gonna use heat or if they're just going to chip out like like the olden days, you know, with a pick axe or whatever to get that ice that water ice? Bring it back to camp, drinkable water. They have to of course, purify, it do all that put it through its tests. But once they get there, they'll be all good. And also spacesuits. Mars is full of dust, and radiation, right dust is everywhere. It sticks to solar panels. The planet doesn't actually really have a magnetic field anymore, so sun's radiation. It beats down on the Mars surface. And so there's another experiment, the Sherlock, which is the scanning habitable environments with. Raymond and luminescence for organics and chemicals. That is a long Sherlock. It's a piece of an astronaut's helmet and four kinds of fabric that are mounted on a calibration target for this instrument. Scientists will you Sherlock as well as a camera that photographs visible light. The study how the materials degrade in ultra violet radiation. So this is the first time that spacesuit material will be sent to Mars for testing in old provide really vital information for future, astronauts that, go to the red planet. So there's one more thing what else to humans need when they go to Mars. They need a place to stay. They'll need a place to live. They'll need a place to work. Because when you go to Mars, you're on your own man. It's like living on a desert up there, but there's no way to call.