By JOE SCHULZERNASA’s Curiosity rover is on the verge of landing on Mars and the first images of its descent stage will arrive soon.
The first images from the first of a two-week-long science mission to the Red Planet, called ChemCam, will arrive Wednesday as Curiosity’s descent stage departs the rover’s landing site.NASA is calling it “the first of many,” and its first images, taken on Wednesday, will show the rover and its descent landing stage, which is also known as “the main parachute.”
The spacecraft was supposed to land on the surface of Mars in November.
Curiosity has been working for about six months on a science mission that includes a high-resolution camera and an instrument that can detect chemical compounds in the atmosphere.
Its mission was launched in January 2018.
In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, a robot takes a selfie at the site of a drill-hole experiment near the drilling site on the edge of the Chasm near Crater Rim.
NASA has selected the first drill-and-drill drill-holes drilled in the Chasma Crater, which lies in the heart of the Martian Gale Crater.
It will be used as the centerpiece of a science experiment at the edge, where scientists will look for signs of life and possible microbial life in the crater’s thin layer of rock.NASA announced Thursday that the rover has already landed on Mars.
Curbed spoke to the mission team in Washington, D.C., to learn more about the rover.
The landing is expected to take about eight hours, said Michael Meyer, a mission manager for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Planetary Science Division, who leads the mission.
It’s also important that we have enough time to do all the science, Meyer said.
We’re planning to do this in a day and a half.
Meyer and other mission managers from the Jet Pack program are working to ensure that the drill- and drill-dampened landing vehicle can land safely, said Jules Wierzbicki, a project manager for JPL’s Jet Propulsons Jet Propulse Center in Pasadena, California.
The rover’s parachute will need to deploy properly.
The rover has a good chance of surviving the landing, Wierzicki said.
But if there are any problems during the landing the rover is not going to land in good shape.
We have to be really sure that the parachute is deployed properly and the rover gets off the ground safely.
The spacecraft will be able to reach a Martian surface about 30 to 40 miles (50 to 70 kilometers) away.
It’ll need to be able get back to Earth at least 60 to 70 miles (100 to 140 kilometers) from the landing site, Meyer added.NASA will send back its first results of the rover science mission, which was supposed, until the end of March, to the European Space Agency’s orbiting space observatory, the European Extremely Large Telescope.
The telescope will monitor the planet’s interior for signs that life exists.
A team of scientists from the United Kingdom and Italy, the mission’s principal investigator, will launch the rover into orbit on Jan. 23.
The probe will spend more than three months studying the landing and any other artifacts that could be there.
The mission’s scientific findings are expected to be released by the end at the end in March, when the first set of images will be released, Meyer told Curbed.
Curbing the Chalk Hill area, where the rover will land, will require a crane and a crane-like apparatus that can be lowered from the surface.
The mission will also require an orbital test flight that could take more than a year, Meyer explained.
The agency expects to launch the spacecraft into the atmosphere of Mars around 2021, with the rover landing on the Martian surface in 2023.
The European Space Operations Centre in Cologne, Germany, is responsible for coordinating the mission and the instrument’s deployment.
The ChemCam instrument was designed and built by JPL, with NASA providing all the hardware.NASA’s Jet Pack division is responsible of the science mission.