Tuesday, August 07, 2007

This time to the reddish north pole in search of whitish land

The quest for search of life on other planets has long interest the scientist as well as writers and people in general. NASA has taken it serious to uncover the truth. They are targeting the north of Mars with the new space craft.

The NASA has launched the spacecraft Phoenix to the North Pole of the red planet Mars. It has become known allover the world. They say that it is a 10 month journey for the spacecraft and it is going to travel 423 million miles of distance in space from Earth to Mars. It was blasted at the Cape Canaveral Air Force station.

The aim of this robot is to search for the ice present in the underground of the North Pole. The odyssey spacecraft built by NASA revolves around Mars. It has given evidence for the vast amount of ice present underground at both poles of the planet. Now the mission is designed to verify this. The mission cost $420 million. The previous landings of Opportunity and Spirit were not on the Poles. This is the first time to target the North Pole.

The previous attempt at the South Pole has foiled in that the space craft has crashed when tried to touch down landing in 1999. This time it was not done like that. The landing will be done with the help of parachutes and air bags. It also has a risk of landing in the summer. I am not sure whether the summer of May here in the next year will also be a summer on the red planet. If that is the case this spacecraft may crash.

The robot was designed in such a way that its arm can dig two feet into the soil. This will help it dig into underground ice if present. It also has ovens to do some chemical analysis on the soil which it collects. The microscope and camera help it understand the nature of ice and soil.

The spacecraft has been equipped with a collection of DVD containing a library of literature about Mars in the last two centuries. This will help the future human landers to discover and wonder over it. Ofcourse to make sure this happens, the equipment is constructed to survive for five centuries on the planet.

We can hope it will become a successful mission to uncover the water and the forms of life on the red planet that intrigued us for so long.

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