Unmanned Missions For Future Manned Missions

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Unmanned Missions to Mars Pave the Way for Future Manned Missions Table of Contents I. Introduction 3 II. History a. Cost b. Goals and Objectives III. Life on Mars a. Instrumentation i. Cameras 1. Mast Camera (Mastcam) 2. Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) 3. Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) ii. Spectrometers 1. Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) 2. Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) 3. Chemistry and Mineralogy X-Ray Diffraction/X-Ray Fluorescence Instrument (CheMin) iii. Radiation Detectors 1. Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) 2. Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) iv. Environmental Sensors 1. Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) v. Atmospheric Sensors 1. Mars Science Laboratory Entry Descent and Landing Instrument (MEDLI) b. Landing site selection i. Final Four 1. Ebersewalde 2. Holden 3. Mawrth 4. Gale ii. Other sites considered 1. Miyamoto 2. Nili Fossae Trough 3. Southern Meridiani c. Launch i. Launch vehicle (Atlas V 541) IV. Discoveries a. Landing payload b. Atmospheric composition c. Evidence of an ancient streambed d. Radiation levels e. A habitable environment V. Conclusion a. Cultural impact b. Mars 2020 I. Introduction Since the moment man became self-aware, he looked up in the night sky and basked in the splendor of the stars and felt, what could only be described as, pure fear and loneliness. It is natural for man to fear what he does not understand, but what of loneliness? Under the twinkling of the stars, man has

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