Perseverance gets down to work: makes his first Mars exploration in search of remains of Martian life
Two weeks have passed since the Perseverance rover will successfully land on the Martian surface. Now, it has officially completed its first moving tour of Mars. A short journey to check that everything works correctly and thus begin the exploration of the Martian soil in search of extraterrestrial life.
According NASA indicated, the rover has started to move across the surface of Mars thus activating their engines. During this journey he has taken different photographs that now NASA has wanted to share with the rest of the world.
The rover barely traveled a total of five meters. While it is nothing to us, it is quite a feat for Perseverance. Considering that it is millions of miles away and that it must do all its work autonomously, things are not easy for Perseverance on Mars. Apart from the rover itself, this time NASA also has the Ingenuity helicopter to explore the place. In this case from the air.
It is expected that throughout the entire mission travel about 20 kilometers. Currently the rover that has traveled the most outside the planet is Opportunity (a record rover), who sailed across the surface of the Red Planet a total of 45 kilometers before finishing his mission.
A quick test of my steering, and things are looking good as I get ready to roll. My team and I are keen to get moving. One step at a time. pic.twitter.com/XSYfT158AQ
– NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) March 5, 2021
This week I’ve been doing lots of health checkouts, getting ready to get to work. I’ve checked many tasks off my list, including instrument tests, imaging, and getting my arm moving. Warming up for a marathon of science. pic.twitter.com/A0aqhWVo5T
– NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) March 3, 2021
Looking for signs of life
Perseverance es one of the three missions that has reached Mars this year. Perhaps it is the most ambitious of all too, and it is part of un major plan made up of three missions For youscrape samples from Mars to Earth.
As Perseverance explores the floor of Jezero Crater (landing site on Mars), collect samples from the most interesting sites visit. Eventually these samples will be stored in small test tubes that Perseverance will “abandon” on Mars. A second mission will be responsible for collecting them and uploading them to the orbit of Mars, a third mission by the end of the decade will seek to bring them to Earth.
What most interests NASA is find samples that may have signs of past life on Mars. Signs of life that come from billions of years ago, when (according to analysis and estimates) running water flowed on Mars and the climate was suitable to contain life. While that happens, we can delight in the photographs that Perseverance sends us (and there are already thousands).