Two different myths are set to collide in space as NASA’s THOR project targets the surface of Mars with a huge copper sphere.
“The idea behind THOR (Tracing Habitability, Organics, and Resources) is to fly an observer spacecraft to Mars and, hours before it reaches the planet, release an ‘impactor’ ball. It could be up to 230 kilograms in mass and would be aimed at a region about 40° north or south of the equator.”
While thus testing the Martian landscape for signs of water, THOR is nothing less than “a brute force way to gain access to the subsurface of Mars.”
So BLDGBLOG is now taking bets: Mars triumphant or Thor planet-slayer, destroyer of worlds…? Which myth will win?