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NASA’s Perseverance Rover: 1 Year Completed

NASA’s Perseverance Rover:

 

Nasa’s Perseverance rover has completed a full Earth year on Mars after its successful landing on February 19, 2021.

  • During this period on the Red Planet, the rover has:
    • Collected the first rock cores from another planet.
    • Served as a base station for Ingenuity helicopter.
    • Extracted oxygen from thin Martian air.
    • It broke a record for the most distance driven by a rover on Mars in a single day by travelling almost 320 meters on February 14.
    • Tested the first prototype oxygen generator on the Red Planet, called MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment).
  • NASA’s Perseverance rover is exploring the Jezero Crater on Mars and attempting to collect its first rock samples.
  • It was launched in 2020 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V.
  • It carried a unique instrument, MOXIE or Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment: which for the first time manufactured molecular oxygen on Mars using carbon dioxide from the carbon-dioxide-rich atmosphere (ISRU means In Situ Resource Utilization: or the use of local resources to meet human needs or requirements of the spacecraft).
  • It carried Ingenuity, the first ever helicopter to fly on Mars.
  • It is the planned first step to bring back rock samples from Mars for analysis in sophisticated laboratories on Earth: with the goal of looking for biosignatures: or signatures of present or past life.

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