TES NEWS Volume 3, Number 4, November - December 1994
MARS PATHFINDER TO WEAR SOCKS
Mars Pathfinder will measure wind speed and direction using
"wind socks." The orientation of three small flags spaced at intervals
along a mast a little more than 1 meter high will be monitored using
images taken by the IMP camera. The flags will point in the direction
the wind is blowing and the angle at which they hang will give an indication
of wind speed.
The wind sock experiment is part of the IMP project. The design was devised
by Dr. Robert Sullivan and Dr. Ronald Greeley at Arizona State University.
So far, the team has produced 8 prototype wind sock / mast combinations
for testing. A Critical Design Review was held in August 1994, and the best
wind sock configuration was chosen to be included on Mars Pathfinder.
The actual instrument that will fly to Mars should be complete in early 1995.
Back to Contents of TES News November - December 1994
Edited by: K. S. Edgett
Arizona Mars K-12 Education Program / firstname.lastname@example.org