Yesterday, NASA achieved another milestone. The Perseverance Mars rover, NASA’s latest Mars rover touched down on the surface of the Mars at around 12:55 PM PST. The rover was launched on July 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
In this latest Mars mission, the main task of the Mars rover is to seek signs of ancient life and also to collect samples of rock and regolith with the aim of sending them back to Earth.
What makes this mission even more significant is, a new technology developed for Mars expedition has hitched a ride on the Perseverance rover. The new technology is the Mars Helicopter named Ingenuity.
It will see a technology demonstration to test powered flight on another world for the first time. Man, this is too exciting a news not to share. The helicopter will scout targets of interest on this other world and assist in planning the best driving route for future Mars rovers.
At 1:38 PM PST, NASA updated with the first images sent back by the Perseverance Mars rover. The images was captured from the rover’s Hazard Avoidance Cameras, or Hazcams, which help with the driving.
However, the images was taken while the clear protective covers are still on and they were low-resolution copies referred to as “thumbnails.” NASA said higher-resolution versions “will be available later.”