Even when NASA Mars helicopter ingenuity captured the imagination of flight after flight on the Red Planet, the rover helicopter companion has worked hard on science and NASA is ready to share the results.
IN Persistence all-terrain vehicle is a robotic geologist and astrobiologist dedicated to helping scientists search for traces of ancient life in the Jezero crater on the Red Planet, where a large lake was probably located billions of years ago. FROM landing in february, the rover tested equipment and tools and sank to the bottom of the crater.
NASA is now ready to share the first update on Perseverance science at a press conference that you can watch here at 1:00 pm ET (5:00 pm GMT) on NASA TV and Space.com. The press conference will feature a host of NASA staff members, including the Science Assistant Administrator, the Perseverance Project Manager and the Project Scientist, as well as members of teams planning rover relocations and scientific research, according to agency statement…
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In a separate statementThe rover’s engineers said Perseverance is ready to hunt for signs of ancient life on Mars. The rover has tested many of the instruments it will use to examine the rocks around Jezero Crater for signs of ancient life.
These tools include those on the 7-foot (2-meter) Perseverance robotic arm, which includes an X-ray geological instrument that still works particularly well, according to NASA release…
“We got the best analysis of the composition Martian dust even before he even looked at rocks, “said Abigail Allwood, a geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, about an instrument for which she is principal investigator called Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry, or PIXL. …
All of the instruments on the rover’s arm are designed to get the closest look at the rocks and dust of Jezero Crater, a crater that was once a huge lake that had dried up long ago.
“If there was life in Jezero Crater, then evidence of that life could be there,” Allwood added.
Another tool, dubbed the Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operation and Engineering, or WATSON, also produced particularly valuable early results, according to the statement. WATSON specializes in close-up photography pictures of rocks which help scientists understand how patterns are formed based on factors such as color, grain size, and texture.
In addition to its own research, the Perseverance rover will also be responsible for collecting and storing rock samples that will be used in a future mission. will transfer to Earth for research in much more sophisticated laboratories than can ever be sent to Mars.
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