Space Technology: Private Efforts and Mars Exploration

Beyond intrepid exploration, space technology has advanced to address pressing issues on Earth.

Satellites increase communication, navigation, and earth observation capacity at low cost even in remote locations

NASA, Roscosmos, and ESA were the only government space agencies allowed to explore space

Space exploration benefits from private sector involvement and international cooperation in a number of ways

Although private and international partnerships present notable benefits, they also present certain challenges.

Future space exploration could lead to asteroid mining, planet colonization, and scientific breakthroughs

A robotic vehicle that investigates the surface of Mars is called a rover

In 1997, Sojourner became the first rover to set foot on Mars

The twin rovers Spirit (2004) and Opportunity (2004) touched down on Mars in 2004

Gale Crater is presently being explored by Curiosity (2012)

The Jezero Crater region is being explored in Perseverance (2021)