Landing on Mars: the seven minutes of panic


After its successful launch on November 26, 2011, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), with NASA's Curiosity rover, continues its journey to Mars. On board the mission is the Spanish instrument REMS (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station), which will monitor the environmental conditions of the rover's exploration area, and whose construction has led the Astrobiology Center (CAB, CSIC-INTA). The landing is scheduled to take place next August 6. In order to involve the public in this event, the CAB organizes several activities so that attendees can witness the entry into the atmosphere and landing, the so-called "seven minutes of panic".

After to carry out the approach maneuvers, the ship in which the MSL mission (Mars Science Laboratory) travels, with the Curiosity rover, is approaching the final phase of its journey to Mars. The next August 6, expected at 07:30 in the morning (Spanish peninsular time), the vehicle, with its ten scientific instruments, touch Martian soil. Among these instruments is REMS, the environmental station developed by the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA), in collaboration with the company CRISA. To follow this historical event, given that it is the first time that Spain poses an instrument on the surface of Mars, various activities open to the public have been organized. & Nbsp;

The landing is, together with the launch, one of the critical moments of this mission. From the auditorium of the CAB there will be a live follow-up of the different milestones of this phase. At seven in the morning, the CAB director and REMS project principal investigator Javier Gómez-Elvira is expected to present the instrument team and explain what will happen. The office that tracks the spacecraft, located at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), has called this space the "7 minutes of panic", and it is estimated that they will take place between 07:24 and 07:31 in the morning (peninsular time). Thanks to NASA TV you can follow live what happens at the offices of JPL, in Pasadena (California, USA.)

If everything goes as planned, the ship will rest on the surface from Mars and send a series of signs indicating that everything is running its course. Afterwards, those attending the event will be explained what the next steps of the process are. Two researchers from the CAB, members of the REMS team and MSL Co-researchers: Mª Paz Zorzano Mier and F. Javier Martín-Torres, who, in turn, is responsible for the REMS instrument. To close the event, about eight o'clock in the morning, it is planned to offer a chocolate with churros to the attendees.

Everything that happens in the CAB will be retransmitted to the Robledo de Chavela Training and Visitors Center ( CEV / INSA-INTA-NASA), in Madrid. There will be a permanent connection, so that at all times those attending the event in the CEV can participate and ask questions to the speakers.


The REMS instrument (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station), whose objective is to monitor the environmental conditions on the surface of Mars, is part of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission and is the first Spanish instrument to travel to Mars. It has been developed by the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) in collaboration with the company CRISA. REMS will record, at the level of the planet's surface, air and soil temperature, pressure, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and ultraviolet radiation.

MEDIA COMMUNICATION : The REMS team will be available for interviews between July 23 and 27. The day of the landing most of the equipment will be in Pasadena (California, & nbsp; USA). Media wishing to interview one of the team members can contact the following email address: & nbsp;

- Interviews:

If you are interested in doing an interview with the members of the REMS team (from 23 to 27 July, next week), You must request it in advance (at least 48 hours) by filling in the attached document and sending it scanned to the email address & nbsp;

- Act of August 6:

Likewise, if you want to attend the event on August 6 (the program is in the press release), you must Confirm assistance in the same email.

If, as a means of communication, you are going to bring cameras this day, you must also fill in the attached document and send it scanned. < / p>


Fuente: UCC CAB

Fecha: 2012-07-18


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