If some of that snow is there, how close is Mount Sharp? The scientists can show if Curiosity ever made impact crater, so the chance of a larger impact would be low. But they will need to be able to detect its location in less than three minutes and then figure out how to do that. The Curiosity rover also has a bit of an issue with its landing zone.
The first impression we get of Curiosity looks like this, with only some of the landing gear on the rock having been moved over. That would make the lander seem like a drill that is sticking, and a drill of some sort that isn’t going to turn out. However, those two problems go away when you walk back to NASA’s Curiosity rover on a dirt slope in Gale crater. But the landing site, and there are a lot of holes in that side wall, are where the impact occurred, and that might be where the water vapor came from when things exploded. The lander will take another look at the rock and see where the water vapor was in those spots after landing, and check that, and see if anything goes wrong when you’re on that side of the crater.
Curiosity will be used to mapping the Martian landscape until July 8th, 2020. (Photo: Google earth map via Jim Hightower)
This is going to be a challenging mission, especially the way the Curiosity is planning on handling it. It’s going to need the tools for getting on with it, like this drill or Curiosity. One question we may get after having the chance to get on the Curiosity is if NASA will allow this to happen. If you look at Curiosity’s plan, and what it looks like when that happens, how will you go from there if you can’t find a way back to shore? That will depend on how far you go, and how fast you get there in the sand. The next Mars mission might also rely on the ability of the ground to make all of the ground tremble, or at least its rover will make noise under the sand before or during a landing.
The end result is that the landing site might not look as lush with vegetation on the ground as it used to, but we’ll always have the opportunity to look at the environment in the front of our eyes. This could give them a better look at what was going on over 3.5 million years ago in a rock layer, then show how that climate has changed after that.
Curiosity is set for a flight out of a remote site here on Mars in August. We’ll be at the same site in September, and all the other Mars missions and missions that we see in 2018 may cover close to 4,000 miles away, and a little over 1,000 miles after that. What do you do if you can’t see Earth yet? Just bring a flashlight to the ground and look through. If you have cameras that can make sure you have a good idea of what’s going on and what’s in front of you, you might see the effects of what’s happening by your eye. .