Incredibly, eight years have passed since NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars,media reported. To that end, NASA’s article celebrates the moment while also expressing its expectations for a bright future. The probe landed on Mars on August 5, 2012 and has been working hard there ever since.
It is understood that Curiosity’s landing site is a huge crash site, known as the Gale Crater, which is a very interesting research site. Not only is it thought to have been rich in water, but it has a huge mountain in its center. Among the many findings, there is evidence that life may have existed on Mars long ago.
NASA outlines the work Curiosity has done since landing eight years ago:
“Since landing, the Mars rover has traveled more than 14 miles (23 kilometers) and drilled 26 rock samples along the way, digging up six soil samples, suggesting that ancient Mars is indeed fit for life. Studying the structure and composition of ancient rock formations helped scientists figure out how the Martian climate changed over time and how lakes and streams were lost until it became the cold desert of today. “
Perhaps many people are not a great achievement for driving 14 miles in eight years, but it’s important to know that Curiosity takes instructions from Earth, a process that takes more than 20 minutes.
In addition, the operator of the detector must treat the robot very carefully, as any serious damage or accident to this expensive machine can result in long downtime or even the end of the entire task. So Curiosity had to travel very slowly.
In addition, when a rover reaches one of its several destinations, it needs scientific experimentation and observation, which can take a long time to complete. Tasks such as drilling and rock sample analysis must be carried out with great care.
This is not, however, the end of the Curiosity expedition. In fact, in some ways it’s just beginning. It is reported that the rover has a nuclear power source, should be able to provide it with at least 14 years of electricity.