Butler landing site on June 1. The Mars rover left the scenic overlook where it captured images and

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Perseverance rover goes on a Mars road trip

Perseverance began driving away from its Octavia E. Butler landing site on June 1. The Mars rover left the scenic overlook where it captured images and video of the Ingenuity helicopter’s flights and is heading for another one that will reveal some of the oldest geologic features of Jezero Crater.

Along the way, the rover will continue flexing and preparing to explore Jezero Crater by testing and fine-tuning its auto-navigation and sampling systems. The samples Perseverance collects, which could contain microfossils, will be returned to Earth in the 2030s.

Perseverance has already checked off some impressive achievements since landing on February 18. It has successfully generated oxygen on Mars, supported the first flights of the Ingenuity helicopter, captured audio of Mars using its microphones and taken more than 75,000 images of its surroundings.

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Perseverance’s First Road Trip

This annotated image of Mars’ Jezero Crater depicts the route NASA’s Perseverance rover will take during its first science campaign ‘ as well as its path to the location of its second science campaign. The image was provided by the High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance orbiter.

Perseverance’s first science campaign sends the rover south and west of the Octavia E. Butler Landing Site to investigate and sample several of the deepest, and potentially oldest, accessible geologic units in Jezero Crater ‘ the ‘S’tah’ unit (which in Navajo language means ‘amidst the sand’), and the ‘Cratered Floor Fractured Rough.’ At the completion of the science campaign, Perseverance will return to the ‘Octavia E. Butler’ landing site on its way north, then head west toward the location where its second science campaign will begin.

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Nasa’s Perseverance rover begins its exploration of Mars

The US space agency’s Perseverance rover has wiggled its wheels and undertaken its first Martian drive.

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“While the rover is still doing a lot of engineering checkouts, the minute the rover begins to move we can consider ourselves explorers on the surface of Mars,” she told BBC News.

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Engineers have spent the time commissioning the vehicle and its many complex systems, including its instruments and robotic arm.

Everyone, however, has been waiting for Perseverance to start rolling. It happened on Thursday. The robot went forward a short way, spun on the spot 150 degrees, and then backed up a bit.

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Completes 7th Flight

The Perseverance rover will no doubt make monumental contributions to science during its mission on Mars, but the ride-along Ingenuity helicopter is stealing the show right now. NASA’s ambitious flying drone has now completed its seventh flight on the red planet, and NASA confirms the robot encountered no issues as it traveled to yet another new landing zone in Jezero Crater. Not bad for a ‘demo’ that was only supposed to fly a handful of times.’

According to NASA, Ingenuity encountered a glitch on May 22nd as it flew almost 200 meters above the rusty dunes. The navigation camera encountered an error about a minute into that flight, causing the flow of data to the CPU to falter. When the system recovered, images were being processed with inaccurate timestamps, which caused the robot to rock back and forth dangerously as it flew. Luckily, NASA built Ingenuity’s software with generous margins for stability, and it was able to set down within five meters of its intended target.’

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Date: 2021-06-09T16:38:46-04:00
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Perseverance rover will soon begin collecting samples from Mars

It’s been a busy week on Mars, with the arrival of China’s Zhurong rover and it sending its first images back to Earth. And elsewhere, in a different area of the planet, the helicopter Ingenuity is preparing for its sixth flight which aims to be further and faster than its previous trips. But don’t forget about NASA’s two rovers, Perseverance and Curiosity, which are also trundling along doing science work on the red planet.

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Date: 2021-05-22T14:00:02+00:00
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