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Status Reports for Perseverance rover at Jezero Crater Mars

 

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L. Crumpler, Perseverance Science Team & New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

The Perseverance rover Science Team will be working remotely during the early mission. Below is a brief field report summary of its latest activity.

As the Perseverance interplanetary cruise stage approaches Mars, the planet appears to grow in size, were you able to see it from the spacecraft. Over previous months Mars was just a dot in the sky from the perspective of the cruise stage. But in the past few weeks Mars has "grown" in size at an alarming rate. As of today, February 15, 2021, just three days from landing on Mars, the planet appears as big as the full Moon does from Earth.


 


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So we bumped towards the big outcrop ("Copper Cliff"). In the next plan we will center the rover work volume on a target that we have selected.

An attempt to bump left and get a small bright vein into the IDD work volume failed to get the target in the work plane. The Rover Planners figure that it could take several attempts to acquire such a tiny target. So the Science Team decided on Wednesday to bag it and move on to bigger fish. The decision was made to drive to the outcrop to the immediate west "Copper Cliff". On Friday we will then plan how to proceed. If lucky, we will have one of the lithologies within the work volume. If not, we will determine what we want to examine and bump to it for planning on Monday.

 

Opportunity Rover: Finished Outcrop Walk, Starting Detailed Examination of Outcrops, Looking for Clays

 

We on the MER Opportunity science team are currently doing an “outcrop walk” with Opportunity on the slopes of Cape York, a small residual part of the rim on the 20+ km diameter Endeavour crater, Mars.  This part of Cape York where we are currently exploring is where we have evidence for ancient clays and we would like to examine them. On Earth, when mapping the geology of an area, a geologist often walks around getting a general feel for what outcrops are present and what particular outcrops will be the best for sampling or for testing  a particular hypothesis.

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