The Aarhus Mars Simulation Wind Tunnel • Earth.com

Last update: June 26th, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Aarhus Mars Simulation Wind Tunnel, which has been designed to simulate the dusty surface of Mars.

Researchers from all over Europe and the United States have visited the laboratory to test instruments for a wide range of Mars missions.

“We’ve been in operation all through this decade,” said Jonathan Merrison of Aarhus University, who is in charge of the facility. “We’re the only wind tunnel that not only reproduces the low pressure and low temperatures of Mars, but also allows the introduction of particulates of sand and dust.”

“Probably about a third of the testing carried out here has been ExoMars related, then there have been users related to other Mars missions, as well as industrial testing of high altitude terrestrial equipment.”

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

 

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