NASA has been credited with a lot of amazing feats – bringing the first person to the moon, finding the most massive stars in the universe, and now, NASA is working on technology to help bring humanity closer to interplanetary travel. The latest technology that the group has unveiled has taken the form of a petite instrument that will be able to study radiation belts that naturally surround planets.
With the new CREPT instrument, it will be easier for scientists to gauge how well astronauts will be able to survive while being exposed to Mars’s atmosphere – as well as the atmospheres of other planets in the solar system. The improved readings on radiation will also be able to help NASA figure out how to better improve their spacesuits, their rockets, and how the communications technology that they have will be affected by radiation.
Another interesting fact about Mars exploration is that NASA has been in the process of developing a new way to land on the planet’s rough terrain. The new landing gear, named IRVE-3, is designed to make landings less likely to cause damage to a space ship. With IRVE-3, rocky terrain, sandstorms, and minor miscalculations will not be as devastating as they currently are with the landing gear that is being used in current missions. IRVE-3 is also expected to be hardier than previous gear as well.
However, the most important tech that NASA has recently created is the Orion Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle – a deep space capsule that is meant for longer travel distances in the final frontier of space. No, were not going to travel to the largest star in universe anytime soon. However, this technology was specifically designed to be able to sustain life in deep space for the amount of time that it would take to reach Mars and return home to Earth. Amazingly enough, this deep space capsule can function both manned and unmanned. The first unmanned mission is slated to occur in mid-2014, and is expected to be a test run to examine whether or not the design is hardy enough to handle an entire group of astronauts in a Mars mission.
Nowadays, it’s becoming an increasingly realistic goal to go to Mars within our lifetimes, and that is an amazing thing to imagine. Who knows how soon humanity will be able to watch the first man on Mars talk about what it’s like to stand on another planet’s soil?