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originally posted by: smurfy
What I find strange is why there is no simple static camera/s situated in strategic areas to record visible ground or atmospheric changes, over a period.
originally posted by: jonwhite866
I was just in the space exploration section of ATS and saw someone talk about how it's a shame we can't travel to Mars and back quickly to get a Human eye on strange things. This made me think that the Rover isn't enough to scan the area. My knowledge in tech and space physics isn't the greatest so forgive me but I was wondering if it were possible to build an ariel drone that could attach to Curiosity, charge and then fly off every certain amount of hours and get a more flexible view of specific things on Mars.
I understand that Curiosity is already there and we're unable to build something to attach it to, but could the drone be done? If so, why hasn't it been done yet? Surely it's better for places like steep craters, crevasses, canyons and so on.
originally posted by: intrptr
Hard enough to land there once…
Air too thin, batteries too heavy, communication lag time too long.
Launch in November 2002 makes the development schedule tight, the budget (though not yet fixed) will be low, and no one has ever done such a thing before. Success will be a triumphant 20 minutes of data. Failure will be a far-off, unheard crash