Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hey There!

Ok, so I have not made a post in a while but do you remember the poll called "is mars really red?" Well out of the 2 of you that voted you voted yes so now I have to go through the whole boring part about mars's surface and how its the iron in the rocks that when they "meet up" with the "air" the iron turnes into a powder and trurnes orangie red and floates up. Oh and by the way mars's colour is an orangie-gray-brown. But hey thats all the boring stuff so ya thats the end of that.

Goodbye for now.

Sunday, May 15, 2016



My goal has been compleated so thank you so much for finding this blog. My original goal was 500 views but when I got over 300 views in the first month I bumped it up to 1000 and now today I have reached 1000 views! you would think forign contries wouldn't catch on but if you think soo you are very wrong. For example I have 75 views from the United States. So thank you sooooo much¡!!!!!!!!¡

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Poll #2!!!!

look at the right side of the screen, do you see that poll called "is mars really red?" if you don't scroll down. So is mars really red, if you look through my posts you will find the answer to that and then vote! I will do a post after the poll is closed (poll closes May 30, 2016). I will also say what people thought. Remember to vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tell Me What You Think!

What do you want to happen? leave a comment below with any other questions you have!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rover Time On Mars

Time on Mars:

Curiosity: 1306 Sols

Opportunity: 4463 Sols

Spirit: 2208 Sols

Sojourner: 83 Sols

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spirit Rover

Spirit (and its twin, Opportunity) are six-wheeled, solar-powered robots standing 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) high, 2.3 meters (7.5 ft) wide and 1.6 meters (5.2 ft) long and weighing 180 kilograms (400 lb). Six wheels on a rocker-bogie system enable mobility over rough terrain. Each wheel has its own motor. The vehicle is steered at front and rear and is designed to operate safely at tilts of up to 30 degrees. Maximum speed is 5 centimetres per second (2.0 in/s);[18] 0.18 kilometers per hour (0.11 mph), although average speed is about 1 centimetre per second (0.39 in/s). Both Spirit and Opportunity have pieces of the fallen World Trade Center's metal on them that were "turned into shields to protect cables on the drilling mechanisms".

Solar arrays generate about 140 watts for up to four hours per Martian day (sol) while rechargeable lithium ion batteries store energy for use at night. Spirit's onboard computer uses a 20 MHz RAD6000 CPU with 128 MB of DRAM, 3 MB of EEPROM, and 256 MB of flash memory. The rover's operating temperature ranges from −40 to +40 °C (−40 to 104 °F) and radioisotope heater units provide a base level of heating, assisted by electrical heaters when necessary. A gold film and a layer of silica aerogel provide insulation.

The rover completed its planned 90-sol mission. Aided by cleaning events that resulted in more energy from its solar panels, Spirit went on to function effectively over twenty times longer than NASA planners expected. Spirit also logged 7.73 km (4.8 mi) of driving instead of the planned 600 m (0.4 mi), allowing more extensive geological analysis of Martian rocks and planetary surface features. Initial scientific results from the first phase of the mission (the 90-sol prime mission) were published in a special issue of the journal Science.

On May 1, 2009 (5 years, 3 months, 27 Earth days after landing; 21.6 times the planned mission duration), Spirit became stuck in soft soil. This was not the first of the mission's "embedding events" and for the following eight months NASA carefully analyzed the situation, running Earth-based theoretical and practical simulations, and finally programming the rover to make extrication drives in an attempt to free itself. These efforts continued until January 26, 2010 when NASA officials announced that the rover was likely irrecoverably obstructed by its location in soft soil, though it continued to perform scientific research from its current location.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Curiosity Rover

Curiosity is a car-sized robotic rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL). As of March 27, 2016, Curiosity has been on Mars for 1294 sols (1329 total days) since landing on August 6, 2012.

Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 15:02 UTC aboard the MSL spacecraft and landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012, 5:17 pm. The Bradbury Landing site was less than 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from the center of the rover's touchdown target after a 563,000,000 km (350,000,000 mi) journey.

The rover's goals include: investigation of the Martian climate and geology; assessment of whether the selected field site inside Gale Crater has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life, including investigation of the role of water; and planetary habitability studies in preparation for future human exploration.

Curiosity's design will serve as the basis for the planned Mars 2020 rover. In December 2012, Curiosity's two-year mission was extended indefinitely.

                                 -Caleb The MarsAddict

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


So yes this is kind of a shoutout to some of my favorite blogs so I will put the name and then a link to them. I will list them from my favorite to my not-so favorite but still favorite blogs.

1: A Bucket Full Of Paint

2: Soccer Life

3: Trampoline Is Life

4: Space Addiction (BLOG DELETED)

5: What The Tech!?

Make sure to check them all out!

            -Caleb The MarsAddict

Friday, March 11, 2016


Okay, I am now looking for 'Members' for MarsAddict. Members will have access to some privileges like posts, deleting comments etc. I only have space for 4 Members at the moment so if I don't pick you its not that I don't like you but I will get in touch with you later when I have more space available.

How To apply,

1: Email Me at

2: Tell me your name, email address or phone number

3: Why you want to be a Member of the MarsAddict team

4: A random Mars fact

5: What you think YOU could do to make this blog better

*Email me to apply

                     -Caleb The MarsAddict

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Okay i'm officially out of ideas soooooo i'm asking you guys for topics that your interested about because well you came here in the first place to find something soooooo you can tell me and I will answer.


You comment on this post and I will put it into a post.

             -Caleb The MarsAddict

Phobos The Doomed Moon Of Mars.

What Is Phobos?

Phobos is one of the two moons of Mars, And it is doomed!

Why Is Phobos Doomed?

The long shallow groves of Phobos are early signs of a structural failure (basically the "bones" Phobos Are Failing). The gravity of Mars is pulling in Phobos, NOTE: Phobos will NOT crash into Mars, It will disintegrate before it hits Mars. Phobos will be pulled apart in 30-50 Million Years.

           -Caleb The MarsAddict

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Okay, okay now it is finally time to talk about Mars! I will answer some common questions but if I don't answer your question then feel free to put it in a comment and I will respond with the answer in this post.

Q: Is Mars Really Red?
A: No, The actual colour of Mars is an orangey Gray colour. It is the iron in the rocks that when the iron gets exposed to the air the rocks turn red and there cover kind of disintegrates and it goes up like a powder making Mars look red.

Q: How Big Is Mars?
A: Mars is about half the size of earth (53%).

Q: What Type Of Planet Is Mars?
A: Mars is a desert planet with the same amount of land of earth.

Q: How Long Is A Martian Day?
A: A Martian day is 24:40 minutes long.

Q: How Long Is A Year On Mars?
A: While a year on Earth is 365 days, a year on Mars is a whopping 687 days!

Q: What Is A Sol?
A: A sol is another term for day, but they can't use day because it is technically longer then a day.

Q: Would You Go To Mars? Why Or Why Not.
A: YES!! It would be an amazing Opportunity, get it like Opportunity Rover? It would be amazing to examine the rocks and I could also visit some "landmarks" and maybe even meet up with some metal machines.

Comment below so I can update this post with more Q/A's.

check out this question game.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mars One

I know, I know, probably the only reason you came to this blog in the first place was to hear about this, and I know that I have NEVER talked about this but here it is.

Mars One was created in 2011 by two men named Bas Lansdorp and Arno Weilders.

The plan for Mars One is to send ordinary people to Mars to create a stable life force and the sad part is, THERE NEVER COMING BACK! They will launch 4 people in 2026. 4 years from now (in 2020) they will launch a satellite for communication . Then they will send a "rover" but not a tiny rover like Spirit, Opportunity etc. it will be able to carry people from one place to another, then 6 cargo crates with food, water and some other supply's will land on the red planet. They will have to learn and master skills like building, farming etc. They will also have to "colonize" Mars and by that i'm talking about growing food on a planet where nothing grows. It will take them 4 years to get to Mars.

Over 100 000 people have applied for the Mars One project. To them it was inspiring, cool and a huge breakthrough for NASA who is probably jealous.

The capsules will be the front of the shuttle releasing when they get into low orbit. For the landing there will be thrusts on all 4 sides for a smooth landing. they connect together with a plastic/steel tube on each side+on the middle ones a tube at the back.

Special thanks to Colin Muir and Brando Lee for the info, check out their blogs too:
Brando's Blog
Colin's Blog

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sojourner Part 2

Solar Panel,

The solar panel for Sojourner was a simple 0.22 SQM with 13 strings of 18,5.5 mil GaAs cells each. The solar panel was backed up with 9 primary batteries, providing 150W-H.

The antenna on Sojourner was used for 2 things.
1: The first use of the antenna was to communicate with NASA.
2:The Second use was to communicate with Pathfinder.

Fun Fact: People say that sojourner was controlled by pathfinder, FALSE! Sojourner was controlled by 2 operatives working at NASA.


The reason they put the camera on the bottom was for 2 things.
1:So it would not get dirty from the martian soil(also why there is a box at the bottom to block sand from coming up).
2:So that when Sojourner used the laser to make a hole in a rock to see the inside the camera could see the hole too.


The laser was to make holes in any rock to examine the inside of the rock. After that the camera would take a picture and transmit the picture to Pathfinder and then Pathfinder would transmit the picture to NASA.
Materials Adherence Experiment,

The Materials Adherence Experiment was a system that could further examine the rock after the laser broke a piece off. Also it was an experimental system (they tested it on other things on Earth but never on Mars).
Rocker-Bogie Mobility System,

The rocker-Bogie Mobility System were basically what connected the 3 shocks together. It was a steel bar that was connected to another one on the other side.
Warm Electronics Box,

The Warm Electronics System is to be told to be the cause of failure for Sojourner. They had to keep it warm because the temperature of mars is actually really cold and if it was a normal battery it would freeze and the mission would of been even shorter.
Alpha Proton X-Ray Spectrometer(APXS),

APXS was used for measuring the abundance of chemical elements in rocks and soil.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


So, Remember the poll called "What Is Your Favorite Rover?", That poll is now closed and now it is time to tally up the votes. They will be listed from favorite to least favorite and the winner will get an info page for my next post.

#1: Sojourner

#2: Curosity

#3: Spirit

#4: Opportunity

So, as you see Sojourner was the winner but by how much? As it turns out Sojourner won with 50% of the votes (6), Curosity coming in close second with 33% of the votes (4) and Spirit and Opportunity coming in with 8% each (1).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


NOTICE: This is a follow up to the post "Mars Pathfinder".

Sojourner Part 1

Sojourner was the rover sent to mars for the Pathfinder mission, Sojourner was a 6 wheeled rover with a duel powered battery, one was a solar panel that covered the top and the other was a long lasting battery (40 amp lithium ion battery). Sojourner measured 11 inches tall, 24 inches long and 19 inches wide it was ideal for the landing site. The landing site they chose, called Ares Vallis was, at one point was a flood plain (helped NASA prove there was water on Mars) and they thought that it would have a lot of different rocks for Sojourner to examine.

Special thanks to for the info.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Mars Pathfinder

Mars Pathfinder landed on mars on July 4, 1997 at 1:07 pm. Pathfinder was an unmanned probe with a rover names Sojourner. Pathfinder itself lost connection with NASA in 1999 and Sojourner lasted about 27 days after that. Possibly Sojourner went in circles around Pathfinder searching for a signal.

Mars Pathfinder used an odd way of entering the mars atmosphere. It used a parachute to slow the landing and then deployed airbags around itself. It then preformed what scientists call a "tumble drop" with the airbags cushioning the landing. Then Pathfinder not only deflated the airbags but filling them up with sand over time so that Pathfinder would not tip over in a storm. The bad part about that was that left the airbag mechanics open so they also filled up with sand. That might of been one of the causes of failure.

Mars Pathfinder landed in an area of mars called "Ares Vallis" located in the northern hemisphere. NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) chose that area because it used to be an ancient flood plain and they thought it would have tones of different kinds of rocks for Sojourner to examine.

Check out these sites, tones of info and pics about Pathfinder:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

What Is Your Favorite Rover???

On the right of the screen you will see a survey (You might have to scroll down), that survey is asking you what your favorite rover is. You have a choice of:

1. Sojourner
2. Opportunity
3. Spirit
4. Curiosity

Friday, January 8, 2016

Introduction To MarsAddict

Hello there, My name is Caleb DeBrusk-Wallbank and I am The creator of this blog. This is a blog where you will learn everything about mars, mars rovers, their space shuttles, up coming launches, the delta 2 rocket and other rover-carrying rockets, mars launch history and even some cool rover pics! That's all for now so goodbye.....