- MAIN JOB:To measure weather and monitor dust with sensors from the surface of Mars.
- LOCATION:Sensors are located on the rover's mast "neck" and on the deck, front and interior of the rover's body.
- MASS:Approximately 12 pounds (5.5 kilograms) for all components
- POWER:Up to 17 watts, depending on scheduled measurements
- VOLUME: Air temperature sensors:Each of five sensors is 2.25 by 1 by 2.7 inches
(5.75 by 2.75 by 6.75 centimeters)
Radiation and dust sensor:5.2 by 4.5 by 5 inches
(13.2 by 11.5 by 12.5 centimeters)
Relative humidity sensor:24 by 4.4 inches
(5.5 by 2.5 by 7.25 centimeters)
Thermal infrared sensor:2.5 by 2.25 by 2.25 inches
(6.25 by 5.75 by 5.75 centimeters)
Wind sensors: Wind Sensor 1 is 2 inches by 6.7 inches (5 by 17 centimeters)
Wind Sensor 2 is 2 by 15.75 inches (5 by 40 centimeters)
Instrument control unit and pressure sensor:5.5 by 5.5 by 5.1 inches
(14 by 14 by 13 centimeters)
- DATA RETURN: Approximately 11 megabytes
Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial
Did You Know?
Dust dominates Mars' weather the way that water dominates Earth's weather. We can't predict Martian weather unless we understand how dust behaves at different times and in different conditions. MEDA helps teach us about the dust cycle on Mars and its impact on the weather.