Friday marked the first anniversary of the Mars Rover’s landing on the Red planet- after being part of a project spearheaded by NASA. The rover first touched upon the Jezero crater of the planet on the 18th of February, 2021. The 2020 mission to Mars was launched on the 30th of July, 2020 from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station situated in Florida. Since then, the main institution of aeronautical research in the country mentioned that the Rover had already racked up an impressive catalog of accomplishments- which included new distance records.
Mars Rover Has Broken Several Records In Space Travel
Perseverance Mars Rover, the 2,263-pound robotic geologist, first collected the rock core samples from this planet- after which the Rover tested the first prototype oxygen generator on Mars and launched Ingenuity- the first robotic helicopter to take off on a completely different planet. According to NASA, ‘Percy’ also went ahead and broke another record for the most distance that was driven by the Rover in a single day- as it traveled around 1,050 feet using its software called AutoNav on the 14th of February.
Perseverance Mars Rover- which also has the distinction of carrying the most cameras ever sent to Mars- has already wrapped up its very first science campaign in this crater- where a lake was situated almost a billion years ago. Currently, it has been gathering multiple rock cores from the floor of the crater- which is the first step in the Mars Sample Return campaign.
Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, recently spoke highly of the Mars Rover in a statement. He further stated that the samples that were being collected by Perseverance currency will definitely provide quite a key chronology for the formation of Jezero Crater. Every single crater is carefully considered for its scientific value.