NASA to Brief about Perseverance Mars Rover Mission

NASA’s panelists will discuss Rover’s recently started Science mission and preparation for its next step. 

On Wednesday, July 21, NASA will hold a virtual media briefing at 1 p.m EDT (10 a.m PDT). They will discuss early science results from the agency’s Perseverance Mars Rover. Agency will then discuss preparations to collect the initial Martian samples and their organized return on Earth. The briefing will be started from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. The place where NASA started its Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission. The virtual media briefing will air live on the NASA app, NASA Television, and NASA’s website. Also air Livestream on multiple agency media platforms and on JPL’s youtube and Facebook channels. 

Discussion Participants include

Jennifer Trosper, Perseverance project manager, JPL

Thomas Zurbuchien, associate administrator for Science, NASA Headquarters

Olivier Toupet, Perseverance enhanced navigation team lead, JPL

Ken Farley, Perseverance project scientist Caltech

Vivian Sun, Perseverance Science campaign co-lead, JPL

Public members may also ask questions online on #AskNASA.

NASA’s Objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars

The key objective for the perseverance mission on Mars is Astrobiology. They seek to search for signs of ancient microbial life. The Rover to determine the following parameters on Mars:

  • Characteristics of planet’s geology
  • Determine past climate 
  • Pave the way for human exploitation 
  • And be the first to collect Martian rock and regolith
  • Identify sub surface water
  • Improving land techniques and
  • Identify atmosphere, dust and other environmental conditions on the planet.

About Perseverance Rover

Perseverance rover design is almost the same as Curiosity. It uses many components which are properly fabricated and tested as a new scientific instrument and uses a core drill. The most important thing is that the rover employed 19 cameras and two microphones. Rover is designed to catch the audio of the martian environment. Perseverance became the first spacecraft to catch the voice of another spacecraft as it takes an ingenuity helicopter on another planet. 

Read more: NASA Curiosity rover may have detected ‘Alien Burp’

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter 

NASA’s ingenuity helicopters have taken flights on the Martian surface to take images.

The helicopter flew over the region of Jezero crater nicknamed “Seitah” on its ninth flight on July 5, 2021. Scientists are able to learn about the region through ingenuity images. 

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has built an ingenuity helicopter. This helicopter made its first flight on 19th April 2021, at 7.15 UTC, which was confirmed 3 hours later at 10.15 UTC. Ingenuity traveled on mars and was attached underside of the Perseverance rover. The flights were held at about 3 to 5 meters( 10- 16 ft) altitude above the ground for up to 90 seconds each. It communicates directly with the rover after each flight. 

            European Space Agency (ESA) joined NASA’s subsequent mission on Mars. They will send spacecraft to Mars for the collection of these samples. After the collection from the Martian surface, the spacecraft will returns to Earth for detailed analysis. 

This mission is part of NASA’s moon to mars exploration approach. It is linked with the Artemis missions to the moon. NASA will brief about the overall research Mars mission. It would help prepare for human discovery of the red planet. 

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