ARES Enables a New Class of Science that Complements and Extends the Mars Exploration Program

    • Simultaneous, in-situ, regional-scale measurement of the Mars atmosphere, surface, and interior
    • Bridges critical scale and resolution measurement gaps of remote sensing and surface exploration
    • Scout for future sample return and surface mission site selection

 

  • Magnetic survey with spatial resolution two orders of magnitude higher than provided by Mars Global Surveyor, with ability to resolve the crustal magnetism source structure
  • High-resolution measurements that cannot be achieved from orbit
  • Geologic diversity from regional-scale coverage that cannot be achieved by surface missions
  • In-situ atmospheric science
  • Ability to traverse terrain inaccessible to surface vehicles
  • Ability to precisely target science features
  • Ability to execute a controlled, pre-planned aerial survey pattern
  • Robust performance with regard to atmospheric uncertainties

ARES will travel to Mars compactly folded into a protective aeroshell. The following images depict the sequence of events that will allow it to emerge safely and reliably from its aeroshell and begin flying over Mars.

A Balanced Design

 

In order to meet its science objectives, ARES must balance aeroshell packaging efficiency, instrument packaging efficiency, mechanical reliability, and aircraft performance while maintaining overall system robustness to uncertainties in the Mars environment.

 

airplane over mars terrain
 

A considerable amount of engineering design, analysis, and testing has produced a system design that can reliably deliver an aircraft safely to Mars flight conditions. You can find out more about our on-going efforts to reduce mission risk in our Reliability Section.

Make an ARES Paper Airplane

Click one of the pictures on the left to download a file that you can print, cut out, and fold to make your own scale model of the ARES Mars Airplane! The PDF version can be opened with the Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded for free.

ARES paper model - NASA

ARES paper model – NASAARES_paper_model

 

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APA style
NASA’s ARES – Flight lesson. (2013, August 16). In ClassBrain Teens. Retrieved 16:33, August 19, 2017, from http://classbrain.net/teens/nasa-ares/
MLA style
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Cynthia Kirkeby, NASA’s ARES – Flight lesson. ClassBrain Teens. August 16, 2013, 09:57 UTC. Available at: http://classbrain.net/teens/nasa-ares/. Accessed August 19, 2017.

Citation styles

APA style
NASA’s ARES – Flight lesson. (2013, August 16). In ClassBrain Teens. Retrieved 16:33, August 19, 2017, from http://classbrain.net/teens/nasa-ares/
MLA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, “NASA’s ARES – Flight lesson.” ClassBrain Teens. 16 August 2013, 09:57 UTC. . 19 Aug 2017 <http://classbrain.net/teens/nasa-ares/>.
MHRA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, 'NASA’s ARES – Flight lesson', ClassBrain Teens, 16 August 2013, 09:57 UTC, <http://classbrain.net/teens/nasa-ares/> [accessed 19 August 2017]
The Chicago Manual of Style
Cynthia Kirkeby, “NASA’s ARES – Flight lesson.” ClassBrain Teens, http://classbrain.net/teens/nasa-ares/ [accessed August 19, 2017].
CBE/CSE style
Cynthia Kirkeby, NASA’s ARES – Flight lesson [Internet]. ClassBrain Teens; 2013 August 16, 09:57 UTC [cited 2017 Aug 19]. Available from: http://classbrain.net/teens/nasa-ares/.
Bluebook style
NASA’s ARES – Flight lesson, http://classbrain.net/teens/nasa-ares/ (last visited Aug. 19, 2017).
AMA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, NASA’s ARES – Flight lesson. ClassBrain Teens. August 16, 2013, 09:57 UTC. Available at: http://classbrain.net/teens/nasa-ares/. Accessed August 19, 2017.