On Wednesday January 4, NASA launched a rover to head to Mars. The rover was launched in the direction of Mars but was launched 38,000 miles away from the planet to make sure that the rover would not run into Mars. This rover costs 2 and a half billion dollars. The rover will travel around Mars and back to earth within eight and a half months. In June the rover is expected to land. The rover will collect some data that is necessary for the scientists to do further research on. A huge factor in traveling to Mars in the future is the problem of radiation. Mars has an incredible amount of radiation and hopefully the rover will bring back data for the scientists to figure out how to work with it.
I think it’s great that NASA is taking huge steps in exploring Mars. Before reading this article I had thought to myself why doesn’t NASA launch many more rovers to Mars and the moon so we can continue to learn more about outer space? Then I realized that it costs billions and billions of dollars to have anything go into space so every thing that travels into space we should consider it important and hope that anything NASA does goes well.
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