Also in the latitudes in the middle of the planet, where this analysis group has earlier confirmed the existence of glaciers spread widely, utilizing the SHARAD tool as well.
No, you can't actually go to Mars - nor would you probably want to - but as with past Mars missions, NASA will be including up to several million names of regular folks who want to participate in the mission in a small way.
LVS is an integral part of a guidance system called Terrain-Relative Navigation that will steer the Mars 2020 rover away from hazardous areas during its final descent to Jezero Crater of the Red Planet on February 18, 2021, according to NASA.More news: Hancock joins Boris Johnson and three others in race to replace May
"Miles (or kilometers) are awarded for each 'flight, ' with corresponding digital mission patches available for download". On a website of the United States space agency NASA you can enter first and last names and then get a kind of virtual "boarding pass".
As much talk as there is about Mars colonization, it's still going to be a good few years before humans land on the Red Planet.
The opportunity to send your name to Mars comes with a souvenir boarding pass and "frequent flyer" points. NASA flew more than 2 million names as part of its InSight mission to Mars, with each "flyer" making for about 300 million frequent flyer miles.More news: Best Buy unsurprisingly cancels all Galaxy Fold pre-orders
"It's an exciting time for NASA, as we embark on this voyage to answer profound questions about our neighboring planet, and even the origins of life itself".
Mars 2020 will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The region is packed with more water ice that sand which could be the third-largest water reservoir on the Red Planet. The rover is expected to be one of NASA's most significant tools to pave the way for human exploration of Earth's neighbor. NASA will still screen the names for inclusion to avoid pranksters and spammers from getting their names on the rover.
"Current flight test of the Mars 2020 Lander Vision System will help enable safe landing in more scientifically interesting places in space, including future human exploration of the Moon and Mars", NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted. JPL is building the spacecraft, and it will also manage operations of the rover for the NASA Science Mission Directorate.More news: N. Korea calls Biden 'a fool of low IQ'