NASA lands Perseverance rover on Mars

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NASA lands Perseverance rover on Mars

The US Space Agency NASA successfully landed its fifth terrestrial rover on Mars on Thursday evening.

Perseverance – a highly-advanced 3-metre long robotic vehicle weighing more than a tonne – will scour the Red Planet’s surface for signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for return to Earth.

Its landing came almost seven months after launching onboard the Atlas V-541 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
 

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You would think after 80 years of space exploration we could get colour cameras into space.
These are engineering images. Apparently there is video of the landing, complete with audio, coming through at some point.
 

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They do have colour cameras on board. The initial photos are used by engineering to check location, systems checks etc.
They want to get the pics quickly so it makes sense to send B&W as it uses less bandwidth.
 

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Interesting experiment:
The oxygen generation was performed by a toaster-sized unit in the rover called Moxie - the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment.

It made 5 grams of the gas - equivalent to what an astronaut at Mars would need to breathe for roughly 10 minutes.
 
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