New Delhi: In search of life on Mars, the US Space Agency (NASA) Perseverance Rover has started leaving its mark on the red planet. The rover made its first drive on 4 March and during this time it ran 6.5 meters. This was the first Mobility Test of Drive Rover. Team members are constantly checking and calibrating every system-sub-system and instrument of the rover.
Evidence of ancient life
Significantly, when the rover starts doing scientific experiments, it will run for 200 meters. The rover that landed in Jezero Crater, the most dangerous region of Mars, will find evidence of ancient life here. Hopefully, if there was ever life on Mars, then its marks can be found here. The pictures of this test are also very interesting to watch and tell the story of the mark of human footsteps on Mars.
First walk on mars
The rover lasted for about 33 minutes during its first trip. First he went 4 meters ahead, then turned to the left and then went 2.5 meters. Rover Mobility Test Bed Engineer Anais Zarifian, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab’s Rover Mobility Test Bed Engineer, said it was the first opportunity to drive tires on marshes and rotate the rover. The drive of the 6 wheels rover was very good. This has given confidence to the scientists regarding the drive system and now this rover is ready to go to the next two years where science will be taken.
I’m on the move! Just took my first test drive on Mars, covering about 16 feet (5 meters). You’re looking at the very beginning of my wheel tracks. Many more to make. pic.twitter.com/7tFIwWFfJ4
– NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) March 5, 2021
Let us tell you that the software of Perseverance has been updated before this walk. In this, the software used for experiments on Mars was also removed by removing the software for landing. Along with this, the Radar Imager for Mars Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX) and the Mars In-situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) instrument were also checked. MOXIE will try to make oxygen on Mars so that the necessary technology can be tested in the event that it is sent to humans in the future. Apart from this, two wind sensors of Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) were also alerted.
Sample assembled for life proof
After this walk, the engineers also saw the 2-meter long robotic arm of the rover shaking at different joints for two hours. According to Rover deputies mission manager Robert Hogg (Deputy Mission Manager Robert Hogg), this is the most important tool used by the science team because it will test Jezero Crater with the help of it. The samples will be assembled by drilling in the soil there.
Sample to be assembled
First of all, with the help of 23 cameras installed in the rover, it will be seen whether there is a sample that can be collected and found in the study. If such a sample is found, the robotic arm will collect it and then keep it in its caching system. The future missions will bring these samples back to the earth for study. And then it will be examined in NASA’s lab here.