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April 14, 2013 | 18.30 hours Where the streets have no name. Meeting with Paolo Bellutta

on 08 November 2013

Museo dell'aeronautica Gianni Caproni-Trento

Conference with Paolo Bellutta, pilot of Curiosity on Mars

An appointment not to be missed, to Sunday 14 April at 18.30 at the Museo dell'aeronautica Gianni Caproni with Italian physicist Paolo Bellutta, pilot of the rover "Curiosity" in the summer of 2012, which landed on Mars in search of conditions that would allow the habitability of the planet.


During the meeting, "Where the streets have no name," Paolo Bellutta -born in Rovereto but from more than ten years employed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Pasadena, California-recounts how it was possible to build, send and manage a rover about a ton on a planet that is inhospitable to date, both for humans and a robot;  What were the difficulties in moving the device and handle this mission; as such operations are planned and what's in store for the future.

The mission – organised by the American space agency – has led the August 6, 2012 Curiosity (Mars Space Laboratory, MSL) to land on Mars, after 253 days. The event was followed around the world.
Thanks to the latest generation equipment, Curiosity allows very detailed analysis, specific and more in-depth than those of other probes to date sent into space.
Investigations that led to the recent detection of as the red planet was – once – potentially suitable for life. Through a rocky sampling, Nasa researchers have found in rocks all the components necessary to give rise to a form of simple life. Hot and humid locally, according to studies the planet had a chemistry that could sustain life forms similar to those of microorganisms on Earth.

Paolo Bellutta works from more than a decade at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. For nine years is part of the rover drivers for vehicles MER Spirit and Opportunity. Since 2008 it is part of the Mars Science Laboratory project at first for the landing point selection and recently as a rover driver of Curiosity.

the event will be preceded by a few moments & activities for children

15.00 hours, with YOUR ROBOT on MARS, a series of small robots be programmed to tackle a course that recreates the Martian soil, full of hurdles to avoid or circumvent.
Assisted by the staff of the Museum, visitors will engage firsthand in select statements to send robots, checking on the effectiveness