Curiosity is one more great vehicle robot that is doing its job. NASA sent him to explore the surface of Mars. The robot became quite popular around the word. Newspapers and web portals write about its achievements every day and it’s no surprise that many people know what is Curiosity. We would like to describe the robot and his task on the red planet.
Mars Science Laboratory, known as Curiosity, is section of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a program with purpose to explore the Red Planet. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in fall 2011, and the robot arrived at an interesting area of Mars in August 2012. Curiosity will try to find out whether Mars ever had an environment that is capable of supporting any kind of life and conditions that preserved clues about life. This fact will help us understand if there was life on the Mars and, if so, where we should look for it in the future.
Vehicle robot Curiosity is much bigger than Opportunity and Pathfinder who landed on Mars before it. It is 9 feet long and four times heavier than Spirit and Opportunity. The robot has 10 science instruments mounted which will be used to investigate soil, rock and atmosphere of the Red Planet. A laser that will crush the rock and another tool will try to find organic compounds. Other instruments are mounted cameras, sensors and devices that will identify compounds of the soil and rock. And of course it has a very powerful drill.
This vehicle robot has 6 large 30 inches high wheels and each wheel ha its own independent motor. Front and rear wheels also have steering motors which helps the robot movement. This rover can turn for 360 degrees in-place.
The robot posses a nuclear battery which will provide enough power for the bot to operate one year. After that, Curiosity will gain the power from solar panels mounted on the top of it.
The landing of the bot was very interesting and we bring you illustrated landing with all the steps the robot had to do.