NASA’s Mars Probing Spacecraft investigates “ strange ” rocks and launches them with a laser

NASA's Mars Probing Spacecraft investigates `` strange '' rocks and launches them with a laser

The NASA roving probe captured a view of this strange rock on March 28. If you look closely to the right of center, you can see a series of small marks that the probe laser has struck.

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Mars is a meteorite haven, and it’s always noteworthy when the rover encounters one of these envoys from space. Scientists are currently examining a heavy rock spotted by NASA’s Persevering Rover that resembles meteorites seen elsewhere.

NASA hasn’t announced what the rock is yet, however The perseverance team tweeted on WednesdayAs the helicopter is getting ready, I can’t help checking out rocks nearby. This strange plane makes my science team exchange a lot of hypotheses.

The rover team said the rock was about 6 inches (15 cm) long and asked space enthusiasts to look closely at the image “to mark the row of laser markers where I pressed them to find out more.”

perseverance Equipped with a laser stun device It was designed to help him collect data on the geology of Mars. Could you Listen to the laser in action as the microphone can hear it. “The differences in the intensity of the launch sounds will provide information about the targets’ physical structure, such as their relative rigidity or the presence of weatherproof layers,” NASA said When the Voice of Laser was shared earlier in March.

Researchers are already beginning to come up with some ideas Around the rock, including that it may be an eroded piece of rock, or a small piece of Mars from elsewhere that was ejected by a collision or meteorite.

Perseverance is already hip for meteors. over there A small slice of a Martian meteorite integrated into a calibration target Used by the rover Sherlock (Habitable Environments Survey with Raman & Luminescence for Organic Materials and Chemicals). So NASA sent a piece of Mars to Mars.

The rover set aside time to investigate the rocks while it was at The process of unfolding creativity helicopter So you can place it on the surface before what NASA hopes will be the first powered and control flight on another planet.

Between the rocks and the helicopters, it was an exciting week of perseverance.

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