Posted September 05, 2019 05:02:31NASA has announced its newest instrument that will measure the temperature and salinity of Mars and other planets in the solar system.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission, launched in 2005 and launched into orbit on a rocket in 2009, is using a new radar instrument to measure the dust and other atmospheric elements of the red planet.
“We’ve been able to measure some of the atmospheres on Mars,” said Michael Meyer, NASA’s associate administrator for science.
“The dust in particular, the atmosphere, is a very good indicator of how much water there is on the surface of Mars.”
Meyer said the instrument, called the Mars Thermal Emission Spectrometer (MTE), was designed to measure atmospheric and surface salinity.
It can measure the salinity as well as the amount of water vapor.
The MRO was designed as a tool for planetary scientists to measure dust and atmosphere.
MRO will be the only mission to study Mars since NASA’s Viking mission in 1980.
The spacecraft has been mapping the surface for more than 10 years.
The spacecraft has a range of instruments to study Martian atmospheric and salination.
Meyers mission is in its third year.