Mars Rover

The new Nasa Initiative

Francesca Macomber, Staff Writer

Mars Rover
Human fascination with what lays beyond Earth’s environment has existed for centuries. The time in which humans could only ponder what laid beyond our Earthly atmosphere has become extinct. We have been able to search the stars- and the different planetary beings that orbit around our sun. However, back to the times of Galileo and his philosophizing over the matter of the sun have yielded the pattern of the question- what exists in ever-expanding unknown? What can we learn?
Yes, human nature has always found itself asking for more. More knowledge, more space, and even more Mars Rovers.
Of course, our ancestors would have jerked over at the knowledge of what we have accomplished, yet to stop is to fail.
So, this 2020, NASA is launching yet another rover to Mars.
I had the privilege of visiting the rover in person, at Caltech’s JPL site. The instrument was extraordinary, to say the least.
One of the newer techniques the rover will be able to enact is a Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment, in which it will attempt to transform carbon dioxide into oxygen in the Martian atmosphere. In addition, it will have a SHERLOC (and Watson) sensor in order to gather more data about the foreign terrain. The hope is to collect information for the possibility of astronauts visiting, or even living, on Mars.
The Rover is launching from Florida, in a few weeks, and will produce a new era of technology and exploration. Here’s to it.