Perseverance rover make its first package delivery: a unique kind of Mars rock

Perseverance rover make its first package delivery: a unique kind of Mars rock

NASA’s Perseverance Rover made Martian history yesterday Deposited its first rock sample Mars. The rover will leave 10 titanium tubes in Three Forks over the next two-months. This is the beginning of the project. Mars Sample Return campaignThe European Space Agency (ESA), NASA, and the European Space Agency will collect and return the first samples from Martian rock, regolith, or broken stone and dust.

This historic first sample drop contained an original chalk-sized core. igneous rock Malay is the informal name for this sample. The sample was taken in a region called Mars’ on January 31, 2022. Jezero Crater called South Seitah. NASAIt took Perseverance’s complex Sampling and Caching System nearly an hour to remove the metal tube from the rover’s stomach. Take one last look at its internal. CacheCamDrop the sample 3 feet on a carefully chosen patch of Martian ground.

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After NASA engineers confirmed Malay was present on the ground, the team placed a camera at Perseverance’s seven-foot robotic arm called WATSON. The engineers moved WATSON so it could see under the rover to make sure that the wheels of the rover didn’t go over the tube.

The team wanted to ensure that the tube landed correctly, and was standing on its side. To make it easier for future missions, the tube has a flat piece at its end called a glove. If the tube isn’t placed correctly, the mission will give Perseverance a series of written instructions to gently knock it over with a piece of its robotic arm.

The team will have more opportunities to determine if the rover requires its special technique over the next few weeks as the rover deposits additional samples at Three Forks.

“Seeing our first sample on ground is a great capstone of our prime mission period which ends on January 6,,” Rick Welch (Deputy Project Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL), stated. In a statement. “It’s a nice alignment, just as we start our cache, but we also close this first chapter of mission,” JPL built Perseverance, and is leading the mission.

Perseverance’s belly currently has 17 samples One atmospheric sample was taken from the Red Planet. Perseverance will deliver samples to a future robotic landing pad under the Mars Sample Return campaign. The robotic arm will then place the samples in a capsule onboard the small rocket. This capsule will be sent off to Mars orbit. The sample container will be captured by another spacecraft and returned to Earth.

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This sample depot serves as a backup in the event Perseverance is unable to deliver its samples to a future lander. A pair of Sample Recovery Helicopters can be sent to retrieve the samples if that happens.

Perseverance’s Mars mission has one key objective: studying Astrobiology–including searching for evidence of ancient microbial activity on Mars. Perseverance will examine Mars’ past climate and current geology. It will also help pave the path for future human exploration. This mission will be the first to collect and store Martian regolith and rock.

Future missions will be in collaboration with ESA to collect sealed samples and return them to Earth for analysis.

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