Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars

The Nipher “Knight Vision” code words are teamwork, compassion, and perseverance. On February 18th, 2021 the NASA rover Perseverance landed on Mars.

The NASA team hopes to accomplish many things with the Perseverance rover. One of Perseverance‘s objectives is to look for microscopic life on Mars. Many scientists believe that the best place to find life on Mars is in Jezero’s lake bed. If microscopic life is found Perseverance will use its “sample caching system” to store it for future missions to bring back to Earth.

Another mission is to look at the geology of Mars. The Mars Exploration Program hopes to learn about how water, volcanoes, and wind have shaped the surface of Mars. These discoveries will pave the way for human exploration on Mars.

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One of Perserverence’s most impressive features is its cameras. Perseverance has twenty-three total cameras. The first group of cameras is the landing cameras. These cameras are used to capture Perserverence’s entry, descent, and landing on Mars. The next group of cameras is the engineering cameras. These cameras are used to capture the Mars terrain as well as drive the rover. The last group of cameras is navigation cameras. These cameras are used to navigate Perseverance safely. Perseverance’s cameras will give us a better understanding of Mars than we have ever had before.

Curiosity is the name of the other Mars rover. (NASA)

 

Curiosity is another one of the rovers that landed before Perseverance. Though they are both Mars rovers, they still have a lot of differences. One of the differences between perseverance and curiosity is the body. Perseverance collects rock samples for future missions while Curiosity studied samples onsite. Another difference is the turret. Perseverance has a bigger turret that has a drill as well as a color camera. Lastly, Perseverance is the first rover with a microphone.

Perseverance landing on Mars is just one step closer to putting humans on Mars.