In less than 100 days from now, NASA’s latest Mars car will land on the “red planet.”
Hunt for life Mars 2020 Perseverance RoverIt was launched on July 30 and is scheduled to land inside the 28-mile (45 km) Jezero Crater on the afternoon of February 18, 2021, only 99 days from today (November 11).
For car-sized robot operators, home work will be very busy.
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“Although we call this a six-and-a-half month cruise from Earth to Mars, I assure you that gateball activities will not happen too much. Lido deck“, mission project manager John McNamee, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, Said in the statement.
Mecanum said: “Between checking the spacecraft and planning and simulating our landing and surface operations, the entire team has been busy and dedicated to our exploration of Jezero Crater.”
Perseverance-the core of NASA’s $2.7 billion “Mars 2020” mission-will adopt the landing strategy pioneered by its predecessor, the US Navy Curiosity wanderer: An aerial crane driven by a rocket will lower the perseverance to Jezero’s floor through a cable, and then fly to the crashed ground and keep a safe distance.
Perseverance will use its advanced instrument suite to find signs of ancient Martian life in Jerzero, which has lakes and river deltas billions of years ago.The rover will also collect and cache samples To return to earth in the future And showcase the technologies that will help the future exploration of the Red Planet.
For example, a Perseverance instrument called MOXIE (short for “Mars Oxygen Field Resource Utilization Experiment”), will produce oxygen in the thin Martian atmosphere dominated by carbon dioxide. The enlarged version of MOXIE can Help mankind gain a foothold on the red planet, NASA officials said. (The agency plans to launch the first manned mission to Mars in the 2030s.)
One more thing The helicopter named Ingenuity Flying to Mars in the belly of perseverance. After the Rangers have landed and found a good place for the helicopter to conduct a test flight, Ingenuity will leave the Martian space and conduct a brief assault-this is the first time a rotorcraft has flown in the world beyond Earth. If Ingenuity succeeds, future Mars missions may use helicopters to collect data in hard-to-reach places and act as scouts for patrol vehicles. Ingenuity team members have said.
In addition, two other Mars missions are also scheduled to reach the red planet in February 2021- hope, A weather research orbiter operated by the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, and China’s Astronomy One Mission. Tiantian-1 consists of an orbiter and a landing vehicle duo; a few months after the mission slides into the orbit of Mars, the ground spacecraft is expected to land.
Mike Wall (Mike Wall) is “outside“(Grand Central Press, 2018; Karl Tate illustration), this is a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook .