A Heat Shield that might Send People to Mars is now Traveling through Space

By Aazam

Both of the two distinct missions were launched from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Lompoc, California, using United Launch Alliance Atlas V rockets.

The Joint Polar Satellite System-2, or JPSS-2, is the third polar-orbiting environmental satellite of a system being developed by NOAA.

In order to anticipate and be ready for extreme weather occurrences like hurricanes, snowstorms, and floods, the orbiter will gather data.

The satellite will be able to assess the ocean and atmosphere, keep an eye on wildfires and volcanoes, and spot smoke and dust in the air.

In order to get a deeper understanding of the climate catastrophe, it will also monitor the ozone and air temperature.

The goal of the mission is to investigate the inflatable heat shield technology that will be required for crewed trips to Mars and much more ambitious robotic missions to Venus or Saturn's moon Titan.

It can be difficult to take humans or robotic explorers to planets with atmospheres since the aeroshells, or heat shields, that are currently in use depend on the size of a rocket's shroud.

In order to assist the spacecraft slow down more quickly and stop some of the extremely intense heating, the aeroshell is built to produce higher drag in the upper atmosphere.

NASA officials say LOFTID's heat shield and backup data recorder splashed down in the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles off the coast of Hawaii.

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