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A Breath of Fresh Air on Mars

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An Instrument Brought by Perseverance Creates Oxygen

We all know, that one of the main reasons we are still not all over the planets in the solar system is the lack of Oxygen. Not only because it is an essential part of what we breathe, but also because it is needed for the production of rocket fuel, which would make returning from a distant planet to Earth possible. Now, thanks to an instrument brought to Mars by the Perseverance rover, we are a step closer to solving this problem.

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Blades of Glory - The First Helicopter on Mars

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Helicoptering the Red Planet

For thousands of years, mankind has been gazing at the sky, wondering and creating theories about what is there. In 1610, Galileo started the era of scientific exploration of space with the first telescopic observations of the night sky. 300 years later, on June 20, 1944, the V-2 rocket for the first time passed the Karman line (the border between earth atmosphere and space) and marked the first official space flight. On February 20, 1947, the first animals - fruit flies, were launched into space. And so, step by step, we reached the moment, when the first man-made object is going to take off, hover, and land back on the surface of Mars. Let's see what is all the fuss about...

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Mars rovers safe from lightning strikes

Photo credit: Credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Bell (Cornell University) and M. Wolff (Space Science Institute)

Sparks triggered by friction under normal atmospheric conditions would likely be small

If experiments done in small bottles in a University of Oregon lab are accurate, the friction of colliding Martian dust particles is unlikely to generate big electrical storms or threaten newly arrived exploration vehicles or, eventually, human visitors, according to U.S. National Science Foundation-funded researchers.


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