The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is expected to release new photos of the Perseverance spacecraft that landed on Mars today.
Turkey experienced a great deal of excitement during the descent of Mars to NASA’s control center of the one-ton robot Jezero Crater at 23:55 last night.
Since then, Perseverance has orbited satellites on a $ 2.7 billion vehicle.
These satellites transmit data from the robot to Earth. These include new photos taken while viewing the surrounding space and landing.
According to NASA officials, the determination is almost in the middle of the target landing area.
It is about two kilometers from the old river delta formed by a lake.
NASA officials said the danger sensors prevented the spacecraft from crashing into a rough place at the last moment before the wheels went off.
In the coming days, it will be investigated whether the vehicle is damaged while driving in difficult terrain.
The next step is to lift the pole of the spacecraft to which the main camera system is connected.
The program that lowered the vehicle to the surface of Mars will be replaced by a program that will allow Perseverance to move towards the field.
But without a doubt, the most exciting thing for the public will be the images.
‘Audio high quality video’
Matt Wallace, vice president of the Perseverance Project, said, “This is the first time we’ll see ourselves in a high-resolution video shot on another planet.”
Matt Wallace said, “I think we were able to make this video. I hope it will be an exciting video. And it will be heard.
NASA’s command center team could not get excited for a long time, despite the successful landing.
Swati Mohan, who is in charge of the project’s steering, navigation and control, said the vehicle landed successfully after receiving remote measurement results.
Mohan told the BBC: “I was paying so much attention to what I had to hear to report that after screaming ‘landing confirmed’ and people shouting for joy, we realized we were landing. We were really on Mars. We’re not training. It was real.”
The project control center is located in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasedana, California.
Due to strict coronavirus protocols, NASA had to limit the number of people who could serve here.
As a result, most project managers had to work from guest houses in other centers.
Briony Horgan of Purdue University said, “Normally we would all be in Pasedana and start working. It was not easy to achieve during the pandemic. But NASA has used its resources well to make this happen.”
Perseverance will also test the helicopter on Mars. A mini helicopter brought by a spaceship will fly to another world for the first time. NASA experts say that this will be a kind of “Wright Brothers moment” for Mars.
The spacecraft will then focus on its main mission and look for traces of microbiological life on the Red Planet.
“We know that these life forms lived on Earth 3.5 billion years ago. The question we’re looking at is that they lived at the bottom of the lakes on Mars 3.5 billion years ago,” said Bethany Ehlmann, a planetary scientist at the University of California.
In this context, Azm will first refer to Jezero’s old delta system. The spacecraft will collect samples from the bottom of the delta, and then go to the edge of the crater.
The satellites had previously discovered many types of rock, including clay and carbonate, in a 45-kilometer crater.
Patience has devices that can study all these formations at the microscopic level.
The vehicle will fill the collected rock samples into small pipes and throw them on the crater floor. Then they will be collected and brought into the world by means of another mission.