• Mars rover gets reflectors so NASA can shoot lasers at it in the future

    20 days ago - By SlashGear

    NASA is following in the footsteps of its Apollo days, stating that it has fit its Perseverance rover with a special type of reflector designed to be shot with lasers. The space agency did a similar thing involving retroreflectors on the Moon, which NASA describes as ‘essentially small arrays of mirrors.' The idea was that NASA could shoot the reflectors...
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  • New Mars rover is ready for space lasers

    New Mars rover is ready for space lasers

    21 days ago - By Phys.org

    When the Apollo astronauts landed on the Moon, they brought devices with them called retroreflectors, which are essentially small arrays of mirrors. The plan was for scientists on Earth to aim lasers at them and calculate the time it took for the beams to return. This provided exceptionally precise measurements of the Moon's orbit and shape, including how it changed slightly based on Earth's gravitational pull.
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