NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover Has a Pebble-Sized Problem Obstructing Rock Sample Collection


NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance is in the process of collecting rock samples to be sent back to Earth in a future manned mission to Mars. But some pebble-sized debris is causing problems for the machine. At first things went smoothly. Persistence successfully extracted a sample from a Martian rock called Issol. However, when transferring the sample to its storage, the rover’s sensors indicated an anomaly – a high level of resistance. Immediately, the rover stopped coring and called its monitoring system to Earth, asking for further instructions. The incident happened on December 29.

Perseverance The team sought more data to understand the nature of the discrepancy. A week later, they found some pebble-sized debris, which was obstructing the smooth functioning of the probe’s robotic arm.

Lewis Jandura, chief engineer for sampling and caching at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), said in a blog post That the team is confident that the debris fell out of storage while collecting rock samples.

NASA engineers are now trying to systematically remove the debris. Since this is the first time they are working to clear the debris, they want to take whatever time is necessary to do it. And they will be evaluating the latest data sets over the weekend.

,this is not the first curve Mars planet Thrown at us – just the latest,” said Jandura.


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