NASA’s decision to choose yet another Mars lander for its 12th Discovery-class mission is unimaginative. While the chosen mission dubbed Mars Insight lander will, no doubt, produce interesting science with respect to the internal structure of Mars, the planet has, in a way, had too much time spent on it. NASA should note that there are other planetary bodies in the solar system to explore. Similarly NASA should note that it is usually the new and daring missions which result in new science and new techniques being discovered rather than those from the “play safe” category missions.
Archive | September, 2012
Expedition 32 astronauts Suni Williams and Aki Hoshide performed an 8 hours 17 minutes spacewalk on 30 August. However, the pair failed to install the main bus switching unit No 1 (MBSU No 1) replacement after a bolt would not drive home. The failure to do this has meant that two of the eight main solar arrays can not be used to power the space station. A new spacewalk is now planned.
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