NASA says the Mars Rover Perseverance, which is carrying out a rock sampling mission on the Red Planet, will do something that has never been done before.
NASA’s Mars Rover Perseverance has been tasked with collecting rock samples to examine the composition of the Red Planet and find rare elements. But recently, the Mars spacecraft faced an unexpected challenge – the risk of mission failure. Now, troubleshooting and troubleshooting is nothing new to NASA. The Mars mission team tackling the robots are quite adept at dealing with this problem as the atmosphere and obstacles based on different terrains regularly mess with it.
So what’s special this time? The persistence challenge this time is more complex than ever. So, to fix it, the NASA Mars Rover team decided to take a creative route to fix it and make the robot do something it’s never done before.
Unexpected problems for NASA’s Mars Rover Perseverance
NASA’s Mars Rover Perseverance drilled and extracted samples in December from a rock called Isol. But oddly enough, he couldn’t deliver a sample of his arm to the carousel. Circular is a component with openings in the rover body where it puts persistence into the collected sample and the tube passes it to the rover for processing.
The explorer failed to transfer samples to the carousel because a group of gravel blocked the hole. Persistence must first remove debris and only then can samples be submitted for processing. But Mars doesn’t have the same gravity as Earth, and the probe also lacks moving parts. It’s not as simple as getting rid of it. In fact, it’s much harder to order a Mars Rover to leave something just because it’s so valuable. It would set a historical precedent, one might say.
Stuck with a simple solution, the Mars Rover Perseverance team came up with a bold and unique solution that involved a series of steps.
NASA’s Mars Rover Diligently Strives Never to Move Before
During the first step maneuver, Rover’s camera was pointed at the ground for a clear view of the surroundings. This is done to record any changes to nearby surfaces during gravel removal.
The next step involved an unprecedented step. NASA’s Mars Rover Perseverance will lower content from its robotic arm onto the planet’s surface. Why has it never happened before? That’s because rock samples are a very important cargo for NASA. The entire mission depends on how many rock samples can be processed and collected so that future missions can bring them back to Earth. Additionally, NASA isn’t sure how many samples are stored on the rover. If the current sample is not sufficient, persistence can be sent back to Issole to collect a larger sample.
“Simply put, we are returning the remaining contents of the Tube 261 sample (our latest granular rock sample) to its home planet,” He said Jennifer Trosper, project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, provided an update.
The dumping process is expected to be quite simple. NASA’s Mars Rover Perseverance will rotate the open end of its assembly arm toward Earth and release it. However, handing over such a valuable sample while operating a rover with limited resources would certainly be a major setback for the team.
The next step will see NASA require a series of small moves, causing the Mars Rover Perseverance to perform several rotational tests. The rotation is expected to clear the bit circuit so that the task can continue as scheduled.
NASA should know about the impact of the movement on the circuit next week.