May 22, 2014

2014 Technology Reports

Mr. Welch (5th/6th)

Space Rovers and Probes

by LOGAN


        THIS IS NOT A REPORT! This is an AWESOME report about SPACE PROBES AND ROVERS.  In this report you will read about History.  For example, the first space probes sent into space. Next, you will read about Engineering, like how space probes and rovers work.  Finally, you will read about Exploring. I’ll bet you didn’t know about the first space probes sent out of our Solar System.

History!

        This day was a very big day for all of mankind.No, it was not the day America won the war, no. It was the day the first space rover was sent into space! Wikipedia told me that the first space rover to actually make it into space and succeed was the Lunokhod 1. It landed on the moon in the  late 1970’s. It took some pictures and analyzed some of the soil. It stayed on the moon for 11 months and was sent back to Earth. I think this is cool because 40 years later we are still finding information with more technical and durable space rovers.

        No, this is not about the first space rover was first launched again. This was when the first space PROBE was launched. You can read, from Wikipedia, that the first space successful space probe was the Luna 16. It was built and manned in the Soviet Union. Its purpose was to study the gravity of the moon’s surface. It was launched on September 13, 1970 but fell into orbit around the moon on the 17th of September.

        Sometimes we fail, and thats ok. We’ve failed a lot of times in trying to launch space probes, a lot of times. Wikipedia told me, again, that 63 space probes have failed their missions! The first space probe was the Pioneer E. It was launched on August 27,1969 and was part of the Pioneer 6-9 network but Pioneer E failed to reach orbit. It this is cool because we can fix our mistakes and start over with new things.

Engineering!

        How are space rovers and probes powered? A video on space.com showed me that space proves and rovers used to have solar panels, but the solar panels would get covered in dust which made it more difficult to collect sunlight. But some newer space rovers are being built with generators that hold plutonium that would power the space rover. I think this is cool because we are finding new ways to power and advance things.

        Well, if you launch a space rover, you want to find a place to land it, right? The awesome website that we call space.com told me space rovers enter the planet's atmosphere inside this prove-like spacecraft. It then safely touches down on the planet with as much accuracy as possible. Landing safely is critical because if you harm the spacecraft it might break something on the rover and will then fail its mission.

        We all know what space rovers are, but what do they actually do? Wikipedia told me that space rovers are sent to planets to explore the surface. They can be used to analyze soil, take pictures, and pick up samples. Their instruments help it do whatever it needs. I think this is cool because it has lots of different things to help it explore new places.

Exploring!

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Works Cited

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Wikipedia. "Lunokhod1" wikipdeia. Publisher of Website, Day Month Year article was published. Web.2 May 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rover_(space_exploration)#History>.

Wikipedia. "Space Probe" wikipdeia. Publisher of Website, Day Month Year article was published. Web.11 May 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_probe#Luna_16>.

Wikipedia. "List of Solar System probes" wikipdeia. Publisher of Website, Day Month Year article was published. Web.2 April 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Solar_System_probes>.

Vasavada,Ashwin. "New Mars Rover Powered By Plutonium " space.com. Publisher of Website, Day Month Year article was published. Web.2011. <http://www.space.com/13338-mars-rover-powered-plutonium.html>.

Wikipedia. "Space Probe" wikipdeia. Publisher of Website, Day Month Year article was published. Web.11 May 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_probe#Luna_16>.

Chow, Denise. "How Mars Rover Curiosity’s Nail-Biting Landing Works" space.com. Publisher of Website, 3 August, 2012. Web.<http://www.space.com/16503-photos-mars-science-laboratory-curiosity-landing-guide.html>