By Jet Propulsion Laboratory
December 31, 2021
What has NASA‘s Perseverance rover achieved considering that landing on the surface area of Mars in February 2021? Surface Area Operations Mission Manager Jessica Samuels assesses a year filled with groundbreaking discoveries at Jezero Crater and counts up the rover’s accomplishments:
- More than 1.8 miles (2.9 kilometers) driven
- A brand-new record for the longest drive in a Martian day
- Six samples and counting of Martian rock and environment that might become given Earth for more research study
- More than 50 gigabytes of science information
- More than 100,000 images returned, consisting of 2 “selfies”
- 18 flights by NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which rode and collaborates flights with the Perseverance rover
Samuels likewise describes the next stage of Perseverance’s objective: to check out the delta that formed in Jezero Crater billions of years back from sediment that an ancient river brought into the lake that when existed in the crater.
An essential goal for Perseverance’s objective on Mars is astrobiology, consisting of the look for indications of ancient microbial life. The rover is identifying the world’s geology and previous environment and leading the way for human expedition of the Red Planet. Determination is the very first objective to gather and cache Martian rock and regolith (damaged rock and dust).