NASA’s Persevering Mars rover’s first attempt to collect a sample of Martian rock was unsuccessful. The space agency makes this known, based on data sent back to Earth by Perseverance.
Data sent back to Earth by NASA’s ‘Perseverant’ rover after its first attempt to collect a rock sample on Mars and put it in a sampleThe tube, indicates that no rocks were collected during the first take samples-activity”, NASA writes.
According to the space agency, the exercises drilling bits and titanium tube for samples “as intended”. At the end of the completely independent collection process, the sample size is measured. “The probe did not meet the expected resistance that would exist if there was a sample in the tube,” NASA wrote.
The Perseverance team investigates what went wrong. Perseverance will continue to explore Jezero Crater, according to NASA, while the team on Earth “evaluates its activities.” The first impression, according to NASA, is that the rocky object did not react as the organization expected. The possibility of a hardware issue is less likely, NASA reports.
Perseverance examines this Jezero crater on Mars for signs of past life and collects samples of rocks and land there. So the first attempt to do so was unsuccessful, but Perseverance has a total of 43 titanium tubes for soil samples. According to NASA’s plans, at least 20 of them should be filled with samples of Martian soil.
Thomas Zurbuchen writes: “Although this is not the ‘hole in one’ we had hoped for, there are always risks involved in opening up new horizons, Associate Officer From the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. “I am confident we have the right team working on this and will continue to look for a solution to ensure future success.”
Sample tube (left) and well from Perseverance’s first collection attempt. Pictures via NASA
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