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The weather station ‘made in Spain’ of Curiosity was damaged on landing

The weather station 'made in Spain' of Curiosity was damaged on landing

As I have told you here before, Curiosity, the rover, includes among its pieces one weather station made in and has a mission to measure atmospheric pressure, humidity, pressure, ultraviolet radiation, speed and direction of the winds, air temperature and soil temperature around the robot.

The bad news is that one of the sensors that station has failed, as confirmed by its own developers, explaining that the damage would have been caused by a blow, which presumably occurred during the final minutes of his descent on the Martian crater.

The scientist Javier Gomez Elvira, has been commissioned to report the incident, in a meeting with reporters at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, explained that what is lost is “the ability to measure the winds from the south Browser “, but the other sensor, called (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station) is now fully operational, and has sent full reports on the conditions of the Red Planet:

“I can tell you the weather report gives an account of a sunny day with light winds. Atmospheric pressure is a hundred times less than on Earth (…) This kind of weather reports to us about Mars. “

REMS, designed and built in Spain by the Centre for Astrobiology (CAB), a joint institute of the National Research Council (CSIC) and the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA), has confirmed many of the predictions of the models developed on Mars weather conditions, indicating that has an atmospheric pressure ranging between 690 Pascals (6.9 millibars) and 780 Pascals (7.8 millibars). Your information will enable us to know in detail the Martian atmosphere and its dynamics.

Link: Curiosity realizes a sunny day with light winds on Mars (Reuters)

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