NASA has provided the latest details on how to continue the Perseverance mission after a rover break on Mars

02/02/2022
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/IRAP
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/IRAP

NASA's Perseverance Mission will continue after a short break from the rover. At the same time, NASA is providing important details on how this mission will continue and the scientific investigations that will take place. The break that the Perseverence rover made was a short and unexpected one. 

According to NASA, the rover had "small problems" with some pebbles. The Perseverance Rover collects rocks, as well as pebbles from Mars, which it then carries through the "bit carousel" to store in it. The problem was that 2 pebbles were left outside, confusing a lot. In the end, the team that coordinates Perseverance said that the Perseverence mission continues, and those 2 pebbles left outside, entered in the rover, without causing any problems. 

Following the mission: 

NASA would like to return with Perseverence to the north, but in the region where it is now, the rover still has something to do before leaving for the north. Perseverance has been calibrated on the Issole outcrop and will resume the mission to collect rocks or pebbles from Mars, the second esnation from this location. And then he'll go back to north. 

The NASA Perseverance team is definitely doing a great job. First of all, while Perseveremce is collecting some more rocks, the team is observing the western delta, which will be the next scientific operation of the Perseverence project. The team has so far managed to make observations on the Artuby ridge with the Mastcam-Z and SuperCam instruments. The image above is from SuperCam Remote Micro-Imager. Thanks to multiple observations made by NASA, it will be possible to create a 3D map of the outcrop, approx. 

The mission so far has not only collected data on the surface of the planet or the rocks of the planet, but also data on atmospheric science. For example, between January 5-11, the rover collected data from a dust storm that passed through the sols 312-318 (January 5-11), coming from the region of Hellas, Mars. 

Still, Perseverence clearly has a second sample to take from where it is now, and then it will return to the Artuby ridge, more precisely in the region "Rimplas", where NASA will conduct proximity science. After the rover completes its mission in the northern region, the team explores two possibilities: 

1. Or the rover returns to Roubion, where the first sample has disintegrated, and the rover should try to take a new sample. 

2. Or the rover to go and take a sample of the "Chal" member rocks, near the landing place, where there are massive and large rocks. 

3. A small possibility to try both variant 1 and variant 2.

But NASA wants to get to the delta as quickly as possible, in a journey of many km. "Along the way, science observations may include investigations of the craters we pass throughout our journey to the delta. This could be particularly useful for understanding the sequence of events at Jezero crater, which may be revealed in exposures along the crater walls." said NASA. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 02 February 2022, at 12:45 pm Los Angeles time

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