Arctic new training ground for Mars exploration
Washington: A team of NASA scientists is testing new equipment in Nunavut, the northernmost territory in Canada, to better equip themselves for exploring Mars.
Describing the island as a living laboratory, scientists say that like Mars, the high Arctic is perpetually cold and exposed to the elements.
The uninhabited island is a rocky polar desert marked by an ancient rock impact - a terrain similar to that of Mars.
The surface of Mars is very hostile. There is ultraviolet light and cosmic rays.
Nothing seems to be able to live on the surface of Mars.
"We do not even see fossils. Drilling might be the secret to accessing the parts of Mars that are better hosts for life," California-based scientist Pascal Lee who is heading NASA`s Mars Institute said.
Lee and his team will test a robotic drill in Haughton Crater in the High Arctic.
It will be ideal to start looking to see how microscopic life forms might survive the elements by living underground, CBC News reported.
Lee`s team is also testing a new vehicle system, which will see astronauts driving two separate rovers in tandem.
They are trying to work out the best way for future explorers to the Red Planet to drive on Mars.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Are political parties playing vote politics in the name of cow-security?
- Are political parties playing vote politics in the name of cow-security? - Part II
- Are political parties playing vote politics in the name of cow-security? - Part III
- Are political parties playing vote politics in the name of cow-security? - Part IV
- Are political parties playing vote politics in the name of cow-security? - Part V
- Xiaomi rolls out first laptop to take on Lenovo, Apple
- 7th Pay Commission: Centre seeks states comments on pay hike to IAS, IPS
- Pakistan cricket chief Shaharyar Khan does a U-turn, allows players' families to stay
- Rail passengers to get insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh from Sept for just Re 1
- No intimation to Lodha panel on meeting; SGM shifted to Delhi