NASA astronaut Mark Stafford has revealed how to swim in the landing zone of the Mars rover Curiosity, as well as what it would be like to have landed in one of the most remote locations on the Red Planet.
“We’ll be doing this on Mars in 2021,” Stafford said.
“The rover’s in landing mode and we’ll be taking the crew off of it and getting into a position where we can put the cameras up and take pictures, and then we’ll move onto the rover itself and see what happens.”
It’s a pretty ambitious feat for any astronaut.
The landing of Curiosity in 2021 marks the first time a human has landed on another planet, but Stafford said it was not entirely unlike any other landing he had done.
“It’s not really a real landing, so it’s not like taking off from New York,” he said.
“It’s like taking a taxi or something, it’s sort of like a normal taxi.”
You’re sort of in the middle of it, and you don’t really know what’s going to happen until you get to the end.
“It will be about three and a half minutes before the rover lands.”
But we’re not quite done yet.””
I think it’s going be the best landing of our life.”
But we’re not quite done yet.
“The landing will be conducted using a combination of thermal imaging, a camera called ChemCam, and a rover called Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which will take pictures of the soil and rocks, and will be able to collect data about the composition of the rock.
There will be three days of “soft landing” and then three days on the surface.
The rover will then go through a series of tests before landing.”
There are a lot of tests that are planned, including parachute deployment, parachute deployment with parachutes, and some more parachute deployment,” Stafford explained.”
That will be a real test, we’ll try to land as close to the surface as possible and hopefully make it on the landing platform.
“It is not the first manned mission to land on Mars.
In September 2016, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft successfully landed on the planet and then returned to Earth.
The robot spent about six months on the icy surface, taking hundreds of images of the surface and the atmosphere.
It took two months for it to come back to Earth, and the mission was the first of its kind to do so.
It is hoped that the mission will also allow us to look at how Mars has changed over time.”
What we’re trying to do is figure out how Mars evolved and evolved over time,” Stafford told ABC News.”
And how it changed its surface, its atmosphere, its composition and how that has changed as time has gone by.
“I think the key to it is the science, the science of understanding the history of Mars.”
“And what the science tells us is how Mars and the world has changed, and what the environment has changed in the past, how the atmosphere has changed.”
“I don’t think anyone’s ever been to Mars, so the scientific team has a lot to do to try to figure out what the world looked like a thousand years ago and what it looked like in the future.”
The next rover to land will be the Spirit and its arrival in 2021 will be crucial for NASA’s future plans for the planet.
“The Spirit is actually the most exciting part of this mission,” Stafford noted.
“We’ve got a very big, very, very bright mission coming up, so that’s really going to be the catalyst to get us out and start landing.”
A final landing is expected around the time of the 2020 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which is expected to be a key part of the plan.