Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub & Grill' started by gatorfan5220, Feb 18, 2021.
Anyone have a link/hyperlink to coverage of today's Rover Landing on Mars?
Posted an old one earlier
No doubt. So question in full acknowledgment of my ignorance: Is that landing entirely pre-programmed, or are they able to make adjustments in real time? I can't process the extent of the variables these scientists account for in this kind of trip. Mars ranges from 35 to 250 million miles away from Earth (currently 128 million miles). Perseverance's trip was 204 days - about seven months. I mean, how do they account for tiny asteroids and debris in space? Do they navigate paths through rock fields like the Millenium Falcon?
kind of both. Its pre-programmed but the computer automatically makes adjustments as it incoming in for a landing.
The chances of hitting something big enough to damage the spacecraft are extremely low. We've been sending probes through the asteroid belt for nearly 50 years and we've never lost any functionality on an outer planet mission to an asteroid strike.
This is beyond awesome.
Perseverance: Watch moment rover lands on Mars Nasa reveals new video from Mars