The students from the University of Wrocław’s Innspace group and Twardowsky project beat off competition from 10 competitors to take make it through to the finals of the Mars Society's Mars Colony Prize design contest.
To emulate the harsh extra-terrestrial conditions, the robots are tested on the mountainous desert at the Mars Desert Research Station, outside Hanksville. The challenges put before the students are similar to the real life tasks of rovers such as Curiosity and Opportunity.
The creators from Wrocław University looked at the challenge of colonizing Mars from numerous perspectives, taking into account the conditions on the Red Planet, availability of resources, the need to be self-sustainable, as well as the ability to conduct business with Earth and the social and psychological needs of the people living there.
One of very few in the world, the Mars base is actually built on the very down-to-earth location of an old airfield in western Poland.
The new x-ray telescope will allow scientists to look into the deep universe where the first gas structures and super massive black holes formed.
Professor Jerzy Grygorczuk, engineer and Astronika’s board member told TFN: “We can only guess why the message didn’t reach the lander. The next attempt to communicate with the hammer is moved to Thursday, but the information on whether it succeeded will reach us on Friday, since there is always a one day delay with the satellite communication.”
After barrelling into the Martian atmosphere at speeds of 12,300 mph (19,800 km/h), Astronika, the ‘mole’ will journey deeper into Mars than any instrument ever built for space exploration.
Sener Polska has designed and produced one of the key elements of a project to land a rover on Mars. The Umbilical Release Mechanism (URM) is a connection between the Mars rover and its landing platform, which will be put on the red planet as part of the ExoMars mission.
Poland is getting increasingly involved in space research, most notably in the development and construction of Mars rovers.
Testing if maggots can breed without gravity is one of the tasks scientists chosen to live in the Mars-like environment are required to carry out.