• Question: When you send a robotic machine into space and through the atmosphere why does it not get over charged in the Thermosphere

    Asked by Phin to Elie on 16 Mar 2016.
    • Photo: Elie Allouis

      Elie Allouis answered on 16 Mar 2016:

      Do you mean electric charging or heating?

      Both are taken care of at launch where the rocket is built to keep the spacecraft well protected. We are also careful when we land on other planets as the trip through the atmosphere can “charge” the lander with static electricity ..which could be a problem for the electronics on board