From NASA Perseverance rover spent two busy weeks settling into his new home on Mars, recently flexing his robotic arm for the first time.
Perseverance has hit the ground on the Red Planet on February 18 to begin searching for traces of ancient life and select rock samples for a future mission to be transported to Earth’s labs for much more examination. But before “Percy” embarks on these scientific adventures, the car-sized robot must first warm up, so to speak, test its components and confirm that nothing was damaged during the ride. dangerous landing.
“This week, I had numerous check-ups, I prepared to go to work,” NASA officials wrote in a report. update from the rover’s Twitter account posted on March 3. “I have checked many tasks off my list, including instrument testing, imaging, and moving my arm. Warming up for a science marathon.”
In photos: NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover mission to the Red Planet
This week, I did a lot of checkups to prepare for going to work. I checked many tasks off my list, including instrument testing, imaging, and arm movement. Warm-up for a science marathon. pic.twitter.com/A0aqhWVo5TMarch 3, 2021
For an official update on the first two weeks of Perseverance on Mars, NASA officials will hold a press conference on Friday (March 5) at 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT), which you can watch. here on Space.com courtesy of NASA or directly on the agency’s YouTube channel.
The robotic arm that Perseverance has now successfully moved for the first time to Mars extends to a total length of 7 feet (2.1 meters) and contains an elaborate collection of instruments.
The first among these is the exercise that collect sample for a future mission to be brought to Earth for further examination, as well as the tools that will allow these samples to be stored. The exercise consists of three different bits, depending on the rover’s current task, whether it’s aiding rover science or collecting and storing samples. The arm also carries three key analytical instruments that the rover needs to be able to maneuver near target rocks.
Testing the movement of the arm was a key milestone the rover was expected to achieve in the first 30 Martian days, or sols, after landing (a floor lasts a little more than one Earth day). Once this commissioning phase is successfully completed, Perseverance will begin to prepare for the test flights of its robotic companion, a small helicopter called Ingenuity, which will attempt to perform the first powered flight on another planet.
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