The importance ofand Mario Bros. in the world managed to pass the orbit of the Land and a satellite of the POT took the opportunity, which has the same name, to pay homage to him in the midst of his mission.
MARIOwhich is the acronym for Measurement of Actuator Response and Impedance on Orbit, is the satellite that sent a message referencing the iconic character from Nintendo. With the historic “Its-a-me, Mario!”, He confirmed that he already has communication with the terrestrial operators.
This satellite belongs to the University of Michigan and it is the CubeSatsa nanosatellite, number 150 that the POT sends into space, being part of a group of 4 similar devices launched on December 29.
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What does MARIO do in space?
From the Michigan Exploration Laboratorywhich belongs to the university, ensure that the main mission of the four satellites is to “characterize the performance of piezoelectric actuators” to monitor health in low Earth orbit conditions.
However, this is the myriad from the technical point of view, because the devices are also part of the program CubeSat Launch Initiative, which seeks to “inspire and develop the next generation of scientists, engineers and technologists”, for this reason it offers research and development opportunities in these educational spaces, since another of the satellites was sent by the Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology.
These satellites are built at a low cost and much smaller than a common one, since they usually fit in one hand and weigh just 2 kilograms, even MARIO It has the dimensions of a loaf of sliced bread.
“Small satellites, such as CubeSats, play a valuable role in the agency’s educational, scientific, and technological investigations, including planetary exploration, Earth observation, and fundamental Earth and space sciences,” he said. Bradley Smithdirector of launch services within the Space Operations Mission.
Therefore, they become a fundamental part in the development of crucial technologies for the POTsuch as laser communications, satellite-to-satellite communications, and autonomous movement.
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How to download the NASA calendar for the year 2023
The document is freely accessible on the website of the POT without prior access to an account or special registration as a user on the official site of the American institution. In order to download it, people will need to follow these steps:
– Enter the Web page of science.nasa.govwhere you can see a variety of audiovisual resources such as photos and videos, as well as the image of the day and space news.
– Click on the “Get Involved” tab and then on the “Toolkits” option.
– Within this section you will find the “Planning Guides” option, which you must click to find the calendar of 2023 as well as that of other years since the 2007 to the present.
each of calendars available in the Web of the POT has at least two versions. The first is the resolution for printing, which has more detail in the images and is ideal for large formats, while the low resolution is for storage on devices such as smartphones Y PCs.