Checking in with the Perseverence rover, the news this week is the Martian donut, or rather a donut-shaped rock that the SuperCam Remote Micro-Imager snapped a photo of. Is it a meteorite fragment? That’s one theory, put forward by SETI, but when contacted by CNN, Jim Rice, a scientist in at Arizona State University, does […]
One of the mission objectives of the Perseverance Mars rover is to retrieve samples from Martian rocks and soil and keep them until a future mission retrieves them. The retrieval missions are still at the early proposal stages, but Perseverance has already collected its samples. Some are stored in the robot’s body. and the rest […]
Our little Linux-copter that could, Ingenuity, is still operational and flying around on Mars. On its 26th flight on April 19, 2022, it took a photo of the backshell and parachute that helped Perseverance land back in February.
I can’t help but admire the little Martian copter that could, Ingenuity. It was originally planned to only fly five times, and as of last week it has made sixteen flights. This isn’t the first time a NASA space robot outlived its expected mission lifetime, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers were supposed to only run […]
NASA released a video they downloaded from the Perseverance landing craft, edited into a gripping movie that they uploaded on Youtube. Watch! Perseverance is the first Martian probe equipped with onboard microphones, so we got our first sounds from another planet! Listen!
NASA just successfully landed another robot on Mars! After the “seven minutes of terror”, where the spacecraft had to perform the EDL (entry, landing and descent) maneuver entirely using its programmed automation, the Perseverance rover successfully touched down on the Mars. After the spacecraft hit the Martian atmosphere, it oriented itself toward the landing site, […]