First REMS data received from Mars


After the successful landing of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, and with the Curiosity rover exploring the Martian surface, the first data of the Spanish instrument REMS (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station), whose construction has led the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA).

During the early morning of last 8th, the REMS instrument team, the environmental station installed in NASA's Curiosity rover, finished receiving the first data sent by the instrument.

According to the director of the CAB and principal investigator of the REMS project, Javier Gómez-Elvira, who is at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena (California) , USA), a first "contact was made" in order to verify the status of the instrument and confirm that it had left unharmed during the entire landing process.

REMS confirmed that all its sensors could send information run ciently Since the mast in which REMS was installed had not been deployed, it was still in its landing configuration, the measurement conditions of most of its sensors were not adequate to take environmental data, only the pressure sensor sent data coherent with the expected of the Martian atmosphere.

The project team displaced to JPL reports that the REMS instrument is ready to continue with its work plan despite the fact that during this first activity there was a problem of understanding between the rover and the instrument (which caused him not to continue with his measurements) and that was quickly identified and resolved.

From now on, the anticipated period of several weeks of continuous tests is set to tune all Curiosity instruments before starting the operations phase.

The REMS (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station) instrument, whose objective is to monitor the conditions at It 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.


Fuente: UCC-CAB

Fecha: 2012-08-09


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