The NASA robot is sending back the first images found on Earth to Mars.
The United States space agency NASA has released some incredible images sent by Mars from a persistence robot mission.
One of the photos shows the vehicle on its way to land on the Red Planet. The record was captured by a rocket that helped the fixture land in a controlled manner towards the Martian surface.
After the first few hours, the robot already has large amounts of data in its memory banks that are slowly being transferred to Earth.
Another new image has been sent into orbit of Mars by a satellite, which recorded the moment the robot landed with its parachute.
This represents a major technological breakthrough as the Mars Reconnaissance Vehicle (MRO) satellite was strongly around 700 km away at the time.
NASA said that it will provide more images in the coming days.
Short videos filmed during the entry, descent and landing sequences, along with the sound, will be included in the content.
Perseverance has positioned itself almost in an equatorial Martian crater known as the Jezero, in which it will look for signs of past microbial life.
NASA chief engineer responsible for the mission, Adam Steltzer, said the picture of perseverance would become an iconic image in the history of space exploration.
“You can see that the dust is being picked up by the engines. It was about 2 meters above the surface of Mars,” he said.
“You can see the mechanical stocks that place the robot in the descent stage: three straight lines that lead to the upper deck. And then the cord that sends all the electrical signals of descent to the computer inside the robot”.
everything in order
According to NASA engineers, perseverance is in good health.
All hardware must be evaluated to verify that no damage occurred during the descent of Thursday (18), into the dangerous path of Mars’ atmosphere to the surface of Mars.
More detailed images of the Zzero crater will arrive next week when the fixture lifts its navigation mast, carrying key scientific cameras.
“As soon as the mast is successfully deployed on Saturday, we will get a lot of images. We will take a panorama of the robot’s deck. And we will also take full care of the surrounding landscape,” Pauline Hwang, Surface of Perseverance. Strategic Mission Manager.
Landing technologies placed the robot very close to its target, which is about 2 km southeast of the remains of an old river built on the banks of a lake.
It is on flat ground at the edge of two different geological surfaces: a smooth, where the robot is now and which contains deep volcanic rocks, and a stator, containing a large amount of olivine, a type of mineral.
NASA’s team was eager to begin exploring the crater, said Katie Stack Morgan, another scientist involved in the project.
Even now, with this first limited set of images, there are fascinating rocks to analyze, she told reporters.
“We are choosing different colors, tones and textures to try to find out what these rocks represent and what processes these rocks may have on the surface of Mars.”
“Canyon de chelli”
The Perseverance Landing Site is in a space that the NASA team informally called ‘Canyon de Chelli’ in honor of the National Monument of the same name in the US state of Arizona.
In this 1.2 km 1.2 km square area any rock probing robot will also be named after American Park.
Its initial mission will last for one Martian year (about two Earth years), although it is difficult to imagine that if the structure is in good condition, the agency will limit itself to it.
In addition to looking for signs of life, another main objective of perseverance is to collect rock samples that may return to Earth on subsequent missions.
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