Weighing in at about 1,025 kilograms, the Persistence is the all-time rover that landed safely on the surface of Mars, returning with an exciting video of its landing.
Six Wheeler scientists have explored several ideas about the Red Planet, including the first rock core samples from another planet (of which there are six so far).
The rover served as an essential base station for Ingenuity, the first helicopter on Mars, and tested the first prototype oxygen generator Moxy (Mars in situ oxygen resource utilization experiment) on the Red Planet, NASA said.
On Tuesday, February 14, 2022, the 351st or Soul Day of the mission, a rover traveled 1,050 feet (320 m) and recently broke the record for the longest distance to Mars in a single day.
The entire drive was powered by Autonav, and the self-driving software allows you to detect persistence against rocks and other obstacles.
The spacecraft is nearing completion of the first scientific expedition to the Jesuit Crater, which contained a lake billions of years ago and contained the oldest rocks that scientists on Mars have been able to study closely.
The firmly collected samples will set an important timeline for the formation of the Jesuit Crater, said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.
“Each one carefully considers its scientific value,” he said. Two more samples will be collected in the coming weeks from the “floating” rock type (the Navajo word for “frog”), a group of dark rocks found on most floors of the crater. , NASA said.
Scientists believe that once samples of these rocks are returned to Earth, they can set an age limit for the formation of the once-existing Jeroze Lake.
“Now, that’s what we’ve known about the age of craters on the Moon and Mars,” said Katie Stack-Morgan, deputy persistence project scientist at NASA’s Southern California Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which controls the spacecraft’s mission. Does. “,
“Withdrawing a sample from this crater surface in Jessiro may provide an anchor point for freely calibrating Mars’ crater dating system instead of relying solely on the moon,” Morgan said.
The rover is now waiting for other milestones in store as it accelerates to a new goal and a new scientific mission.
This will illustrate the geography and past climate of Mars, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and the first mission to collect and store Mars rocks and regoliths (broken rocks and dust) in caches.
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