Can you spot the Curiosity rover in this photo of Mars?

23 Juin, 2017, 10:19 | Author: Come Portier
  • Can you spot the Curiosity rover in this photo of Mars?

To expand inter-planetary research, the ISRO is seeking scientific proposals for Mars Orbiter Mission-2, the government had said in November past year.

Pathfinder's rover, named Sojourner for the civil-rights crusader Sojourner Truth, became the best-known example of the many new technologies developed for the mission. The software uses computer vision to search out edges in the landscape; if it detects enough edges, there's a good chance it has found a distinct object, Francis said. The Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) code was uploaded because the rover can't be told what to do during the long periods communication with Earth is not possible. It's programmed to choose laser targets based on parameters from its science team.

With the intelligent targeting AEGIS affords, Curiosity can be given parameters for very specific kinds of rocks, defined by color, shape and size.

And sometimes, they make friends.

While this is MRO's first time imaging Curiosity, the orbiter has collected and returned detailed images of unusual Martian terrains, including a huge pit in the southern hemisphere; an area dotted with circular pits, making it resemble Swiss cheese; a mysterious circular formation, and an icy area with layered deposits at the South Pole.

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The target was outcrop, a type of Martian rock that's ideal for analysing the red planet's geological history. About 200 miles above, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) looked down on the car-sized rover and snapped an image of it.

Without HiRISE's ability to capture color images, scientists wouldn't know if they were looking at a rover or a piece of exposed bedrock.

ISRO has launched programs in the country for scientists to use MOM data for research and development. "That decision has to be made on Mars, and now we can make it on Mars". Some, like the Opportunity rover on Mars, can do this in a sense.

AEGIS has helped the science team discover a number of interesting minerals. The software, the agency said, is used almost every time there is enough power to do so, and thus far, it is paying dividends.

As said by Bruce Jakosky, the chief investigator of MAVEN from the University of Colorado, Boulder, "MAVEN has conducted some extremely remarkable detection about the upper atmosphere of Mars and how it intermingled with the sun as well as with the energetic solar wind". That instrument will also be able to use AEGIS for a remote RAMAN spectrometer that can study the crystal structures of rocks, as well as a visible and infrared spectrometer.


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