NASA is all ready to initiate its Deep Space Atomic Clock into the dark bare space. The spacecraft can possibly get some help from it so as to figure out their path just like a cosmic GPS system. The system is the size of a toaster and it will aboard with one of the SpaceX Heavy Falcon rockets. The Deep Space Atomic Clock will be scheduled to take off from Kennedy Space Center that belongs to NASA on June 22. The system is designed such that it can analyze the time taken for a signal to travel from one point to another and that information can thus help the spacecraft travel to the targeted location.
This will be the first atomic clock project that will be launched into the emptiness of the space and well beyond the Earth’s orbit. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA has decided to kick start the project with the only goal of helping the spacecraft use the navigation techniques a lot more compared to the Earth-orbit atomic clocks. The atomic clock will be spending at least a year in the deep space. The clock that is off even for a second can cause quite a difference in the landing on Mars and cause it to miss by miles.
During the ground tests, the new atomic clock has provided evidence that is almost 50 times steadier in comparison to the atomic clocks located on GPS satellites. The mission if proved successful when in space then it will become one of the most precise clocks to ever exist in the Universe. NASA’s Mars Helicopter has fruitfully passed it’s another flight test and will be integrated with the rover for the Mars 2020 launch in the summer. The idea of flying heavier spacecraft in the thin atmosphere of Mars is impossible; thus, the light-weight Mars Helicopter has shown to withstand the atmospheric conditions.