By Roger Wiens
In its eerie likeness to Earth, Mars has lengthy captured our imaginations—both as a vacation spot for humankind and as a potential domestic to extraterrestrial lifestyles. it's our twenty-first century New international; its explorers robots, shipped 350 million miles from Earth to discover the far away planet’s secrets.
Its latest scout is Curiosity—a one-ton, Jeep-sized nuclear-powered area laboratory—which is now roving the Martian floor to figure out no matter if the crimson planet has ever been bodily in a position to helping lifestyles. In purple Rover, geochemist Roger Wiens, the relevant investigator for the ChemCam laser tool at the rover and veteran of various robot NASA missions, tells the not likely tale of his involvement in sending subtle into house, culminating within the interest rover's impressive trip to Mars.
In so doing, Wiens paints the portrait of 1 of the main intriguing medical tales of our time: the hot period of robot house exploration. beginning with NASA’s advent of the invention application in 1992, scrappier, extra nimble missions grew to become the order of the day, as manned missions have been restricted to Earth orbit, and behemoth initiatives went extinct. This strategic shift provided large medical possibilities, yet tight budgets intended that good fortune depended greater than ever on inventive engineering and human ingenuity. starting with the Genesis challenge that introduced his occupation, Wiens describes the aggressive, DIY spirit of those robot organisations, from notion to development, from release to heart-stopping crashes and gentle landings.
An inspiring account of the real-life demanding situations of area exploration, purple Rover vividly narrates what is going into answering the query: is there existence in other places within the universe?