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Perseverance has landed!

#1 Post by Vandal » Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:06 pm

From CNN:

NASA's Perseverance rover just landed on Mars after leaving Earth more than six months ago.

Now that the rover is on the Red Planet, the work begins.

Here's what it will do:

The rover will explore Jezero Crater: The crater is the site of an ancient lake that existed 3.9 billion years ago. The rover will search for microfossils in the rocks and soil there.

It will relay images from Mars: Perseverance will capture images of its surroundings and send them back, unfold its "head" and take more pictures while going through some health checkups with engineers. Teams on Earth will go through a month of inspections, software downloads and preparations for roving.

The rover will drop a helicopter on Mars: Over a process that takes about 10 days, the rover will drop a helicopter, called Ingenuity, on the surface of Mars and roll away from it. The little 4-pound helicopter will have to survive frigid nights, keep itself warm and charge itself using solar panels. Then, it will be ready for its first flight, which will last about 20 seconds.

It will search for evidence of ancient life: Perseverance will search for evidence of ancient life and study Mars' climate and geology and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth by the 2030s.

Perseverance will record sound: It will be the first recordings of sound on the Red Planet.
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Re: Perseverance has landed!

#2 Post by Beebs52 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:15 pm

21 million miles a month! I wanna know gas mileage.
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#3 Post by Beebs52 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:19 pm

Correction. 39 mill, trip was longer.239 m8ll miles. Are there Bucee's on the way?
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Re: Perseverance has landed!

#4 Post by SpacemanSpiff » Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:33 pm

I am always impressed by these interplanetary landers, especially when you realize that it pretty much has to go according to onboarding programming at the landing end. Twenty-two minutes (eleven each way) is kind of too long to do any back seat driving!
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#5 Post by Vandal » Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:44 pm

First look:

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Re: Perseverance has landed!

#6 Post by The Face on Mars » Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:21 pm

Vandal wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:44 pm
First look:

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#7 Post by Bob Juch » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:23 pm

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