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The satellite observes a new NASA rover – and its waste – from Mars orbit

The satellite observes a new NASA rover - and its waste - from Mars orbit

ExoMars image showing the Perseverance landing site on Mars.

ExoMars image showing the Perseverance landing site on Mars.
picture: ESA / Roscosmos / CaSSIS; Acknowledgment of P. Grindrod

The persistent rover, along with several components used during its recent landing, were photographed from space.

The picture, Captured by ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, Reveals the position of the parachute and the back cover, the landing stage, the heat shield, and of course the persevering rover itself. Starship Holographic and color surface imaging system It was used to obtain the image. TGO launched in 2016, and is a joint mission of the European Space Agency And Russia Roscosmos.

Close-up of the landing site with the naming of the objects.

Close-up of the landing site with the naming of the objects.
picture: ESA / Roscosmos / CaSSIS; Acknowledgment Valentinas

Perseverance landed in Jizero crater on February 18, An event that NASA managed to do Capture In the movie. “Jezero” means “lake” in many Slavic languages, which is exactly what this place was billions of years ago. Once the rover is in motion, its primary mission will be to search for traces of ancient microbial life inside this former water body.

The landing stage is about 2,130 feet away (650 meters) From the rover. This is a piece of missile powered equipment that uses cables to lower the rover to the surface and then slide away to crash at a safe distance.. Canopy and back cover About 3,950 feet (1,200 meters) to the northwest of the rover, while the heat shield is about 4,750 feet (1,450 meters) to the northeast.

Trace Gas Orbiter acquired this image five days after the landing. These discarded objects will become harder to see over time, as they’ll get increasingly covered by Martian dust in the coming years and decades.

In addition to this image, the orbiter I assisted during the landing and landing, serving as a data relay station for NASA. The satellite The primary mission is to search for atmospheric gases associated with potential geological – and biological – processes on Mars. Orbital gas tracking It made headlines recently with the discovery of a previously undiscovered item Chemical process On Mars, albeit a process unrelated to life.

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