A September 1 image of the strangely shaped, long, dusty Martian rock presented in a release from the agency showed the circular hole drilling.
NASA said initial images attached after the events showed an intact sample found in the sample tube after drilling.
“However, additional images taken after arm biopsy was completed were inconclusive due to its weakness Sun light Terms,” He SaidNote that the rover will obtain additional images of the sample tube with better illumination before further processing.
“Although the Perseverance mission team is confident that the sample is in the tube, images in optimal lighting conditions will confirm its presence,” NASA wrote.
“The project got the first rock drilled under its belt, and that’s a massive achievement,” said Jennifer Trosper, project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “The team located, selected and excavated a viable rock of scientific value. We did what we came for. We will work through this little hiccup with the lighting conditions in the images and we will continue to encourage having a sample in this tube.”
Using a rotating drill and a hollow drill bit – which holds the sample tube – at the end of its tube robotic arm To extract samples, Perseverance maneuvered the core, bit and open end of the sample tube to be imaged by its Mastcam-Z instrument.
Initial images showed the end of a rock carved into the sample tube before Percy began a procedure called “percussion to swallow.”
The step vibrates the drill bit and tube five times, which helps a sample slide down into the tube and can ride up the edge of the tube from the remaining material.
After the “absorption cadence,” Perseverance took its second set of Mastcam-Z images, where the lighting was poor and the “insides of the sample tube were not visible.”
NASA said the photos will be taken on Friday when the sun is at its best and that the photos will also be taken after sunset in order to “reduce light sources that could saturate the image.”
Pictures are set to be returned to Earth On Saturday morning.
If the new images are still uncertain, the team still has several steps to take including using a sampling system volume probe and rover buffering to confirm that the sample is in the tube.
Notably, a previous attempt to sample Martian rocks took place in early August skewed When the team realized that the rover had failed to capture the crumbly rocks in its tube.
NASA then decided to move to the area south of Sittah from the Jezero crater of the red planet.
In the future, rock samples and regolith collected by the rover and bunkers will be returned in joint missions with ESA (European Space Agency).