The Chilarity Reality
Finally the question of life on Mars can be answered.
You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool MOM(A)
A team from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center gathered last week to bid farewell to a mass spectrometer as it began its journey to the red planet via an assembly plant in Italy. The instrument is a key component of a toaster oven-sized lab, called the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA), which will detect evidence of …
"Finally the question of life on Mars can be answered"
To be honest, Mars is giving out all the signs so far that it is biologically dead, the fact its atmosphere is in chemical equilibrium is a case in point.
Mars was only clement for part of its Noachian era so there was only a relatively short window of opportunity for life to potentially develop before the protective magnetic field and vulcanism died out because of Mars' relatively small mass (one ninth that of Earth) and the quick cooling of its core as happens with such small bodies.
Places like Europa, Ganymede and Enceladus look to be more potentially promising abodes of life though (in their case, they are the beneficiaries of ongoing gravitational tidal heating).
Title should be Toaster-oven sized, which means an oven the size of a toaster. Toaster oven-sized means a toaster the size of an oven. Now, not sure about you guys, but in the UK ovens a bigger than toasters and the title gives a misleading impression about the size of the toast. Maybe it's a USA UK thing because we all know everything is bigger in the US. Except for gallons, miles, shoe sizes...
Apparently a toaster-oven is a thing. I had to Google exactly what though.
About the size of a microwave, give or take.
well even with my 4 slice toaster it is an awful lot smaller than an oven (say small mirowave) - say 50% reductiuon in dimensions). That makes a lot of difference if you are lofting it out of planet (which obvioulsy also a major factor - but then only size is mentioned in the headline). My oven will toast but it is massive!
The MAIN news about this is the ESA Rover, yet the article is NASA focused a component. It's like a rewrite of a NASA PR?
There is no doubt that ESA achievements, CNES, ArianeSpace and European space & launch technology is less known to the public than American. The Americans are much better at marketing. See Coca-Cola, Levi, Nike, Starbucks, KFC, McDonalds, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Tesla, SpaceX.
How many people know that construction of Europe's main space port, that has a Russian terminal, started as a French project in 1960s?
Or that over half of the satellites in Earth orbit are ArianeSpace launches?
China & India are catching up with Europe, USA and Russia. Japan & Israel don't seem to be doing much these days. UK the only country to achieve "space" and give it up (USA pressure?). The Satellite experts in Sussex is the main UK expertise left.
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