• Jeff Rayner

MarsVR: Rover Knowledge

One of our very talented interns (Nolan) put together this overview of the various Martian Rovers. This is a nice level of detail, but when you eventually play MarsVR, this information may well be critical to your success - nudge nudge wink wink!





Rovers that took Soil Samples:

  • Curiosity

  • Perseverance

  • Opportunity (and Spirit)


Rovers that measured Air Quality:

  • Curiosity

  • Perseverance – doesn’t test air quality but has tool called MOXIE that test a method to turn Martian carbon dioxide into oxygen


Rovers that checked Humidity/water:

  • Curiosity

  • Opportunity

More in-depth details of mission objectives


Curiosity:

  • Acquires rock, soil, and air samples

  • Analyze the chemical fingerprints in different rock and soil samples to determine their composition and history (including history of interactions with water)


Opportunity (and Spirit)

  • Search for and characterize a wide range of rocks and soil samples for past water activity

  • Targeted sites that seemed to have been affected by liquid water in the past


InSight:

  • Studies and explores the cores, mantle, and crust of Mars

  • Answer questions about early formation of rocky planets in inner solar system as well as rocky exoplanets

  • Measures current tectonic activity and meteorite impacts

  • More concise explanation:

  • Seeks to discover how rocky bodies form and evolve to become planets by investigating interior structures and composition of Mars

  • Determines the rate of Martian tectonic activity

  • Measures meteorite activity


Perseverance:

  • Search for signs of ancient microbial life

  • Stores samples to be picked up and returned to Earth by future missions

  • Test’s technology to help future human exploration of Mars

  • Test’s methods to produce oxygen from Martian carbon dioxide

  • Identifying other resources including subsurface water

  • Improving landing techniques

  • Characterizing weather, dust, and other potential environmental conditions that could affect future astronauts living and working on Mars.


Hint: if you are playing the game, this level of information might be critical to you completing the missions ;)

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