It isn’t uncommon to think about the spacecraft without giving much thought to the gadgets inside. How often have you thought about a satellite or the Mars Rover, for example, and taken into consideration the inventors of the gadgets inside for research purposes? Let’s look at the 6 coolest gadgets in a spacecraft.
1: High-Tech Ice Scraper
Well, it’s actually an ice scoop for the Mars Rover. The device was developed because the original scraper wouldn’t scratch the ice and soil mixture in the sub-zero temperatures on Mars, so the engineers added a retractable rasp to the back. They hadn’t been on Mars with the gadget yet but knew it would be a problem. Once testing the device without the rasp, they found their suspicions to be true. So, they added the retractable rasp before putting the gadget on board.
This instrument helps discern the magnetic fields in space and which one hasn’t shown any abrupt changes in its direction. When you look at the GOES-R Magnetometer, it’s designed to provide measurements throughout a magnetic field’s environment in space that has control over the charge particle dynamics in the magnetosphere’s outer region.
3: Mini CMGs (Control-Movement Gyroscopes)
These gadgets are used by the International Space Station, as well as by satellites, to turn and steer a spacecraft. A mini CGM exists for miniature satellites, as well as other nano spacecraft because traditional CMGs are too big.
4: MWR (Microwave Radiometer)
In the case of studying Jupiter, the MWR is designed for picking up six different microwave frequencies. These frequencies are meant to reveal information about the conditions, temperature, and water content of Jupiter’s atmosphere found at various depths within the planet.
5: RAT (Rock Abrasion Tool)
This spacecraft gadget is a drill that bores a few millimeters into the rock at a time and then brushes the powder away. As it drills and brushes, the new rock underneath becomes present for testing.
6: Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph
Jupiter’s Northern and Southern light shows are a magnificent thing of beauty and, thanks to the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph, monitoring of these auroras is possible across multiple UV (ultraviolet) wavelengths.
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