NASA CubeSats Steer make trajectory correction for Mars

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 8, 2018

"The results are embargoed by the journal Science until then", NASA wrote in the statement.

The space agency revealed few details about what will be announced Thursday, but the "live discussion" will feature "new science results from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover", according to a NASA announcement.

Speculation is now rife as to what NASA could have found on Mars, with many amateur astronomers hopeful that evidence of extraterrestrial life has finally been uncovered.

The pair of CubeSats that make up the Mars Cube One (MarCO) mission both launched on May 5th, along with the InSight lander, which is headed toward a November 26th touchdown on the Red Planet.

NASA's announcement will stream live online and on the agency's terrestrial television platform NASA Television from 2pm EDT or 7pm United Kingdom time.

One of the best Mars Rover Curiosity on the red planet's surface recorded unique new pictures.

The NASA conference will stream live on alongside Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, YouTube and Periscope. For the first four years, the nuclear-powered rover operated longer and better than expected, but in December 2016, a problem occurred. The new technique, called "feed extended drilling" (FED), yielded a powdered sample on May 20, to the delight of the Curiosity team. FED lets Curiosity drill using the force of its robotic arm to push its drill forward and pull it back as it spins.

The new sample transport technique enables Curiosity to place its Drill two little inlets in addition to the rover's deck, trickling in the proper quantity of stone powder to the onboard labs to perform their investigations.

"This was no small feat".

The rover drilled its last scheduled rock sample in October 2016. "The gambit paid off, and we now have a key sample we might have never gotten", Vasavada pointed out.

Visit Thursday for complete coverage of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity announcement. "We're cautiously optimistic that MarCO-B can follow MarCO-A", said Joel Krajewski of JPL, MarCO's project manager, reports Phys.Org. It's quite remarkable to have a moment like this, five years into the mission.

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