Perseverance rover begins to study ancient crater’s floor
The Perseverance rover of Mars 2020 mission is to study the floor of an ancient crater of Mars. The crater once held a lake.
About the Study
The Perseverance rover will use a camera called “WATSON” to capture detailed shots of the rocks. Also, it will use zoomable cameras located on its head to survey the terrain.
Scientists are still wondering if the rocks in Mars are igneous or sedimentary. Igneous rocks are formed by volcanic activity. Sedimentary rocks are formed in the presence of water from mineral fragments such as clay, sand, etc.
Challenge faced by Perseverance
The rocks around Perseverance have been eroded by wind over time. And they were covered with young sand and dust. On the earth, a Geologist would break the rock sample, open it to get a better insight about its origin. The Perseverance rover on the other hand, only holds a LASER instrument called SuperCam. It will burn the rocks on the Martian surface and then will study about the vapours coming out. The question here is about accuracy. Also, with this will the scientists be able to conclude if the rocks on the Martian surface are igneous or sedimentary.
Recent Developments of Ingenuity Mission
- NASA Prepares to Launch the Mars Rover Perseverance
- Ingenuity Helicopter dropped to the surface
- Ingenuity helicopter makes its first flight attempt
- Ingenuity Helicopter makes historic flight
- MOXIE Converts Carbon Dioxide into oxygen successfully
- NASA helicopter makes third flight on Mars
- Ingenuity changes from technology demonstration phase to operation demonstration phase
- NASA Rover Records Ingenuity Flight in Mars
Month: Current Affairs - May, 2021
Category: Science & Technology Current Affairs
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