On April 6, the Perseverance robot, sent to Mars as part of a NASA mission, took its first selfie. Some of his various instruments are visible in the photo.
After landing on Mars on February 18, the Perseverance rover has shared since its discoveries. NASA published its first selfie on April 6.
According to the space agency, the image was produced using WATSON, a camera integrated into the robot which is located at the end of its arm. But this machine does not work without SHERLOC, a spectrometer on which the camera is positioned and which is used to detect organic compounds.
Besides the “head” of Perseverance and the planet Mars in the background, the photo allows you to see various instruments on the rover, such as the SuperCam, which looks like its eye. It’s actually a science camera designed by the National Center for Space Studies (CNES) and the Los Alamos Laboratory, New Mexico. It also contains a microphone and a remote laser. The latter makes it able to examine the composition of rocks in a more efficient way than Curiosity, the predecessor of Perseverance.
Mission in progress
Perseverance took off from Earth in July 2020 and successfully landed on Mars on February 18, 2021. In 203 days, it has traveled over 470 million kilometers.
Its objective, put forward by NASA, is to do astrobiology and find traces of ancient life by collecting for at least two years up to thirty rock samples.
The device has already transmitted to Earth not only images of the red planet, but also video recorded during the landing, a photo of its first trips to Mars and audio recordings.
In addition, at the end of March, the Perseverance robot released the photo of a stone that is currently puzzling astronomers.