CURIOSITY will arrive to Mars at dawn on August 6, 2012

The Mars Science Laboratory mission departed for Mars on Saturday November 26 & nbsp; & nbsp; on board an ATLAS V rocket. Its objective is to place on the surface of the Red Planet the Curiosity vehicle (named after popular vote), the third generation off-road vehicles that NASA sends to Mars. Curiosity is designed to explore the surface of the Red Planet for at least one Martian year (686 Earth days). The intention of the MSL mission is to carry out on-site physical, chemical and meteorological analyzes. This is intended, among other things, to determine and inventory the elements of life, identify biological traces and interpret geological and climatic processes.

The Center for Astrobiology has led the REMS instrument that will take environmental data from the surface of Mars. The REMS weather station measures soil temperature, air, atmospheric pressure, relative humidity, the direction and speed of the wind and the ultraviolet radiation that reaches the Martian surface. All this, together with the electronic control, power and communications, has been integrated into three units with a total weight of 1.4 Kg and with a maximum consumption of 18 W.


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