Dr. Alex Pankine of Global Aerospace Corporation explains the potential of planetary explorationÂ with guided balloons.
From the article:
Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have, by now, spent almost two years on the surface ofÂ Mars. They traveled several miles each, frequently stopping and analyzing scientific targets with their cameras,Â spectrometers and other instruments to uncover evidence of liquid water on Mars in the past. Their mission is aÂ smashing success for NASA.
But what if NASA had a platform on Mars that was able to cover these distances in a matter of hours instead andÂ study the rocks on the surface in the same detail as rovers do? Scientific return from such a vehicle would beÂ immense â€“ scientists would be able to study the whole planet in greater detail in a time span of a single year.
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