Landing on Mars is no easy feat. For my landing, I had the help of temperature & pressure sensors that collected data about entry & landing conditions. Engineer Alex Scammell can tell you more about this important piece that helped me land safely. http://go.nasa.gov/39ynWp0
Thankful for my hardworking team, and happy we both get to do what we love every day. Many are taking a well-earned break this week. Meanwhile I’m checking out some local sights. Together, we’ve got lots more exploring ahead.
Meet some of my “family”: http://mars.nasa.gov/people
Martian weather is still a mystery but to help scientists better understand it, I use my Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) to measure factors such as humidity and wind speed, as well as the amount and size of dust particles in the atmosphere. http://go.nasa.gov/3D41OiG
Get a load of these layers! I’m getting out my abrading tool to take a look inside.
Layered rocks like this often form in water, and can hold clues about what their environment used to be like. Let’s see if this would be another good place for #SamplingMars.
Wonder how I picked where to land when first arriving at Mars? With the help of engineers like Swati Mohan and new technology called Terrain Relative Navigation, I scanned Jezero Crater and avoided hazards just moments before touchdown. What a ride! 😅 https://go.nasa.gov/3yutGdH
I’m back to work, parked between these two beautiful outcrops. Been doing some imaging, weather studies, chemistry experiments and getting a software update too.
Latest pics: http://go.nasa.gov/perseverance-raw-images
I’m parked in a sweet spot between dunes and a rock outcrop, ready for a 2-week solar conjunction, when the Sun blocks signals to and from Mars. During the lull, I’ll tackle jobs I can do on my own, like watching for dust devils and taking in the weather.
Study the building blocks of ancient Martian life? Sounds like a case for SHERLOC & WATSON. My SHERLOC instrument & WATSON camera help me look for organics & minerals that have been altered by watery environments. See how we investigate potential samples. http://go.nasa.gov/2NxOGho
Wrapped up a good week of science at “Bastide” rock. I’ve hit the road again and I’m on the lookout for a good “parking spot” to wait out solar conjunction (when the Sun blocks signals to Mars). Lots of “parking” spaces to choose from.
Location map: http://go.nasa.gov/where-is-perseverance
Where a human geologist would use a rock hammer to crack a rock open and look inside, I’ve got my abrasion tool to make little windows into Mars history for me. Here’s what my latest rock target looks like inside.
More images: http://go.nasa.gov/perseverance-raw-images
NASA Mars rover. Launch: July 30, 2020. Landing: Feb. 18, 2021. Hobbies: Photography, collecting rocks, off-roading. *Twitter mirror bot*
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