NASA’s Perseverance Rover Makes Significant Headway On Mars As It Deploys Wind Sensor

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NASA’s Perseverance rover is in a healthy condition. It is working as planned since its arrival on Mars. According to NASA, the vehicle has deployed its wind sensor. The sensor is a component of Perseverance’s weather station. It is called MEDA or Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer. MEDA’s deployment can be understood from the pictures that were clicked before and after by the rover’s navigation cameras. The agency said that Perseverance has gone through checks on every system and subsystem after landing near the Jezero Crater. It has also sent thousands of images of the planet’s surface. NASA said that the checks will continue in the coming weeks and the robot will prepare itself for first drives.

NASA said that the system checkout is a significant milestone to take forward the science experiments and the rover’s normal operations on the Red Planet’s surface. The rover landed on February 18. The primary mission’s duration is a Martian year which is equivalent to 687 days on Earth. NASA noted that mission controllers have made considerable progress in the last fortnight. The successful testing of Perseverance equipment will pave the way for its journey ahead. Perseverance is a car-sized rover. It has six wheels. It is the largest rover ever sent by NASA to Mars. It is also the most sophisticated vehicle developed by the agency.

The rover will search for the signs of life on Mars. It will return data directly from the Jezero Crater. The crater is believed to be flooded with water once. Past studies suggested that water flowed on the Red Plant nearly 3.5 billion years ago. The Jezero Crater could be a promising place to find the signs of microbial life. Perseverance has one more key task to perform. The rover will drill into the rocks using its strong arm. It will collect the rocks for a possible return mission in the future. Retrieving Mars samples will help scientists understand the Martian atmosphere in detail. It will help them in determining the complexity of sending humans to Mars in the future. NASA is planning human exploration by the planet by end of the decade.

 

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