Up ahead: the target spot where I plan to collect my first-ever sample of Martian rock. I have everything I need with me to get the job done. First is to collect detailed, close-up science of the rock, then comes the coring.
Why and how I’ll sample here: http://go.nasa.gov/3isTj7P
Since I kicked into full-on science mode about six weeks ago, I’ve been cruising across Jezero Crater collecting data. Next week, join scientists and engineers from my team @NASAJPL@twitter.com to hear about what I’ve found, and how I’ll take my first sample.
Check out this patch of rock I found: looks kind of like garden pavers, and is probably exposed bedrock. Material like this, from the early days of this ancient lakebed, can help capture what that lake was like. Spending a few days investigating…
LIVE TALK: Mars has seen generations of robots like me through the decades. Dr. Lori Glaze, @NASA@twitter.com's Director of Planetary Science, will share highlights of the past, present & future of Mars exploration on July 10th, 11am PT/2pm ET/1800 GMT. Register here: https://aacpl.librarycalendar.com/events/stem-saturday-mars-exploration
Lots of first-time activities before I start drilling. I recently ran one sample tube through inspection, sealing and storing. It’s a good dry run for my first rock core – plus, this “witness tube” will help keep my science legit.
Learn how: http://go.nasa.gov/3xo7KjO
With a little help from my friends on Earth, I’d like to say happy birthday to @RingoStarrMusic, who wished me well when I landed on Mars. May your day be filled with #PeaceAndLove. https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1412765470713958401
The map and link below give a good sense of where I am now (“Seitah-N”) and where I’m headed, long term.
I’ve made it to my next lookout, overlooking a spot we’re calling “Séítah.” It’s an area of dunes with some good science targets in and around it. I’ll spy a few from here, doing science from afar, then circle around and keep exploring.
My location: http://go.nasa.gov/3sZ16NO
Lots of people ask: how do rovers like me and @MarsCuriosity@twitter.com take our own selfies? It’s not as easy as a quick smartphone snap. See how it’s done with the help of my team back on Earth: http://go.nasa.gov/35PjDTJ
NASA Mars rover. Launch: July 30, 2020. Landing: Feb. 18, 2021. Hobbies: Photography, collecting rocks, off-roading. *Twitter mirror bot*
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