It is called "hobbies", slowly moving from 35 to 110 meters per hour. Batteries and other restrictions can be explained everyday by about a hundred meters and reach a record of 220 meters. There are 17 cameras on the robot taking pictures of the surrounding environment.
Only 126 million miles away from Mars, in the cold, red light of Mars, a small 4×4 robot starts in the morning. Wait for your instructions, just like everyday for six years.
At 9:30 am, the Mars Time stops an hour before California: "10 m, 45 degrees Celsius, and goes on until this point."
It is called "hobbies", slowly moving from 35 to 110 meters per hour. Batteries and other restrictions can be explained everyday by about a hundred meters and reach a record of 220 meters.
There are 17 cameras on the robot taking pictures of the surrounding environment. Its lasers are of stones. When it comes to attractive stones, it stops taking a few grams of grains.
At 17:00 local time, the robot expects one of NASA's three satellites to move to orbit around Mars: a few hundred megabits and then to their main antennas.
Miniature Laboratory –
On the first floor of 34th NASA's Goddard Space Center, an hour before Washington, scientists will analyze this data every day. In a large room full of tools and computers, he looks for signs of the life of Mars.
Curiosity interior – "surprise the miniature": the chemical laboratory is the size of a microwave oven called SAM.
Charles Malcesin, deputy head of the Curiosity Research Group, draws attention to the tools in the work plan: they are shortened and tightened inside the robot.
"This is the hardest way NASA has ever sent to another planet," says Malespin, who has dedicated his professional life since 2006.
SAM analyzes the samples by heating up to 1000 ° C. During the preparation rock and ground gas emit gas. Then, these gasses are separated and dispatched to those that analyze and produce a "fingerprint" of the sample.
In the verses, French researcher Maeva Milan compares chemical traces with experiments on known molecules. When imitating the curves, he says, "That's my good molecule."
Thanks to TM, Mars has complex organic molecules and the surface of the planet is ancient, and geologically smaller than scientists.
"If we want to go to Mars, then importing existing resources is not good," says Malespin, referring to water. "We dug the ground and heat it up, and we've got the water free, we only get the oven, and we get as much water as we want," he says. It also applies to various materials that can be fuel for the future "rocket-service station".
– No shift –
On the other side of the United States, at Jet Laboratory, Pasadena, Los Angeles, there are 15 men and women heading Curiosity.
"It's my favorite thing to go to Mars to see the images," says Curiosity, another robot that has been demolished in June – the "Opportunity" manager, Frank Hartman.
Drivers' work is to plan a March robot to take 24 hours and 40 minutes and order it to do so.
In the absence of interesting or real-time communications, it is unlikely that it will predetermine difficulties such as saturation or crackling on Crazyity's wheels.
"We have to keep in mind that we do not know anything about this place," Hartman says.
For many years, scientists and drivers have joined their robots. When the opportunity broke, after 14 years, Hartman and his team wanted to cry. "He retired," she says.
The interest since 2012 has been 19,75 km. In one year he must reach his goal: Mount Sharp. A few months later, he lost his Marxian monopoly. In 2020, two American and European robots are expected to land on the planet.