Do you have any questions for your Red neighbor? Yes, it’s Red. You heard it right! It is about NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) upcoming mission to study the Martian’s upper atmosphere which will be launched in November 2013.
Coordinators are enthusiastic about the campaign. They have come up with this splendid idea of public involvement, to make it more interesting for the people. NASA, in continuation of its rich history, once again has welcomed the general public to send their queries regarding Mars in the form of a three liner or haiku for solving the mysteries and carrying out more investigations. Reportedly the messages will be burnt to a DVD as part of the upcoming MAVEN mission.
While this is a rare opportunity for those who are keen about knowing more about what is happening up-and-beyond, it sure is fascinating for anyone who desires to be a part of a specialized team. However, due to the overwhelming response from the fervent masses, the experts at the University of Colorado at the Boulder Laboratory for Atmosphere and Space Physics (CU/LASP), who initialized the campaign, determined that the public shall take the final decision about which three questions will qualify for the voyage through an online poll.
According to NASA’s program initiators, this type of activity would give a boost to the MAVEN related educational agendas and encourage people to come up with more exciting queries about technology, math, engineering and science in general. The members of the MAVEN Outreach and Education program, which involves engineers, students, scientists and numerous others, understand full well how important it is for the global community to be given a chance to present a single platform. This is also the reason why public participation is much appreciated in context of the mission itself.
“I look forward to sharing our science with the worldwide community as MAVEN begins to piece together what happened to the Red Planet’s atmosphere,” said Bruce Jakosky, head of CU/LASP investigations.
Digging deeper into NASA’s program theme reveals that the MAVEN is indeed one of the first spacecrafts specifically designed to study the Martian’s upper atmosphere. The aim would be to deeply explore the Mars’s atmosphere, the ionosphere, the sun interactions and water signs. The evaluations then will help determine the planetary habitability of Mars along with the climatic changes and other alterations over time. Again, this entire campaign is by no means an individual effort. In fact, it is an invaluable structure put up by countless experts who look forward to bringing about awareness and educating people about what surrounds them. And though a few pieces seem to fall in place, a lot remains to be discovered.
Written by: Janet Grace Ortigas