After a failed attempt to collect a rock sample on Mars last month, Rover PerseveranceAccording to the US space agency, NASA eventually managed to succeed in this part of the mission on its second attempt.
Jeep Robot Drills Martian Rock With a Drill That’s on Its End robotic arm, 2.1 m tall on Wednesday (1st). After this the process of collecting soil samples started. during the process, Nomad Took pictures of the contents in the tube. The images were analyzed by agency researchers and despite poor sunlight conditions, everything indicates the material will be able to be used.
Nevertheless, better-lit photos will be taken today and sent to Earth tomorrow. If they confirm that there is still an intact sample in the tube, it will be sealed and stored.
“I drilled my target into the rock and my team will be analyzing more data and images to confirm that we can achieve and maintain an intact core,” NASA wrote on its Twitter page as “Personality.” Made in. Persistence and re-social.
“The first images show a sample in the tube after drilling. But the pictures I took after a hand motion are inconclusive due to poor lighting. I’m taking more pictures in better light to confirm that we have There is still an intact core in the tube,” he said. Profile.
In the first attempt, which took place on 6 August Perseverance drilled, collected and sealed a rock sample, but the team found that The tube containing the contents was mysteriously empty. It was later discovered that this happened because the rock was too fragile in structure, and it broke into pieces so small that it could not be collected.
For this last attempt, Nomad He sought a higher area, and walked about 450 meters from the point of the first extraction, until he reached the rock that appeared to be the hardest and firmest for the process, which was nicknamed “rosette“.
saw – a Window In This Rock we Call “rosette.” I land Distant Its outer Surface To See What this is like inside. Sick Study This Location with Diverse Device, To Help To decide Whether To Go For samples with My coring drill. #sample mars https://t.co/jQN5AK1EBl pic.twitter.com/8rmbeYj4Db
— NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) August 28, 2021
It will take some time for scientists to study this sample and others still to be collected on Mars.
Middle Perseverance’s mission to the Red Planet is the task of collecting rocks and soil that will be sent to Earth. AA NASA is planning a mission to bring about 30 samples to our planet in the 2030s. Scientists can then conduct a more detailed analysis to confirm whether microbial life exists on Mars.
Until that moment comes, Perseverance will continue to explore Jezero Crater in the company Helicopter Ease.