The planet Mars is one of the brightest objects in our night sky, even visible to the naked eye and resembles a bright red star. About every two years, our planet and Mars is a maximum converging. Such an event in astronomy is called “confrontation”. At this point, Mars will be only fifty-five millions of miles from Earth. People capitalize on that by sending to the Red Planet during the confrontation spaceships. So how much to fly to Mars ?
The orbit of Mars and Earth
The complete journey from Earth to Mars takes between 150 to 300 days to allow for the speed run, the location of the planets and the length of the path, which must pass the spacecraft. In this case the dominant factor is only the amount of fuel. The more fuel, the faster it will take flight.
History of flights to Mars
The first ever space ship, committed trip Earth-Mars, was created by NASA’s Mariner 4. It was launched in late November 1964 and appeared on Mars July 14, 1965. Mariner 4 reached Mars in 228 days. Continue reading
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Inside the comet 67P/Churyumov — Gerasimenko there are no large voids. The mission of “Rosetta” the European space Agency made measurements that clearly demonstrated and solved the old mystery. Comets are icy debris left over from the formation of the planets 4.6 billion years ago. Spacecraft have visited a total of eight comets, and through these missions we pulled a picture of the basic properties of these space-time capsules. On some questions the answers were found, others appeared.
Comets, as we know, consist of a mixture of ice and dust, and if there were compact, gravity superior to water. However, previous measurements have shown that some of them have very low density, much lower than water ice. Low density means that the comet must be extremely porous.
But what is this porosity: due to large voids in the subsurface of the comet, or due to a more homogeneous structure with low density? Continue reading
Flight to Mars is planned by several countries, who are ready to launch to the red planet manned spacecraft within the next 30 years. However, despite such promising prospects, scholars continue to argue about the feasibility of such a flight.
You should start with the fact that one-way flight will take on a variety of calculations, from 7 to 9 months. Such a long flight is very dangerous as the technical side (increasing the probability of hardware failures) and physiological and also the psychological side. Will the astronauts be so many months in a confined space with very limited contacts? How will it affect the human body for long periods in a weightless condition? How great is the danger of radiation in interplanetary space? All these questions become very relevant in the context of emerging in a not too distant future flight to the red planet.
However, should carefully consider possible consequences and unforeseen circumstances that may confront astronauts involved in such a long expedition. First of all, you should bear in mind that absolutely not possible to interrupt the mission due to any circumstances, or to deliver to Mars new reserves in case of shortage. In this case the crew can only rely on their own strength. Continue reading