August 6, 2013

Curiosity, merayakan setahun di Planet MARS

Sebenarnya, perayaan ini merujuk satuan waktu satu tahun di Bumi (rata-rata 365 s.d. 356 hari). Karena satu tahun di planet Mars itu setara dengan 687 hari di Bumi. Referensi: Wikipedia: Mars, Orbit and rotation.

NASA MSL, Curiosity Rover Takes Self Portrait
On Sol 32 (Sept. 7, 2012) the Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) located on its arm to obtain this self-portrait. The image shows the top of Curiosity's Remote Sensing Mast including the ChemCam, two Mast cameras and four Navigation cameras. The angle of the frame reflects the position of the MAHLI camera on the arm when the image was taken. The image was acquired while MAHLI's clear dust cover was closed.

The image was taken on a day when MAHLI and other instruments and tools on the turret were being inspected using the rover's Mastcams and Navcams. The MAHLI cover was in the closed position in order to inspect the dust cover to esure that the cover, its hinge, and the volume it sweeps when it opens are clear of debris.
Download original photo of NASA MSL, Curiosity Rover Takes Self Portrait

Video dengan durasi sekitar 2 (dua) menit berikut juga menarik untuk disaksikan.
Twelve Months in Two Minutes, Curiosity's First Year on Mars.
Rekaman video tersebut diambil antara Agustus 2012 hingga Juli 2013.

Mission Fast Facts

Mission name: Mars Science Laboratory
Rover name: Curiosity rover
Size: About the size of a car -- 10 feet long (not including the arm), 9 feet wide and 7 feet tall!
Weight: 900 kilograms (2,000 pounds)
Features: Geology lab, rocker-bogie suspension, rock-vaporizing laser and lots of cameras
Mission: To search areas of Mars for past or present conditions favorable for life, and conditions capable of preserving a record of life
Launch: Nov. 26, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Arrival: August 5, 2012 PDT
Length of mission on Mars: The prime mission will last one Mars year or about 23 Earth months.

Download original Mars Science Laboratory Mission Fact sheet

Selamat ulang tahun, Curiosity cantik!

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