NASA’s rover has been able to spit out bits of rock that have been blocking Mars sampling equipment since late December.
Although the throttling removal procedure has not been previously tested, engineers at Mars The expedition found it was «straightforward,» the team said at Previous blog post. It involved pointing the auger that had a clogged test tube into the ground and spinning it quickly until the rocks fell off.
The team even managed to capture the moment when it was perseverance rover Spit pebbles with the Mastcam-Z science camera. the video, Subscribed to Twitter, shows that the rover craters rotate when a small piece of rock emerges on the red surface of Mars.
«In order to preserve #SamplingMars, I emptied my last partial sample,» the team said in a tweet. «Watch closely to see one piece of excavated rock fall to the surface in this movie. Fortunately, I can reuse this tube for another sample of the same rock.»
The unblocking process was carried out in two steps, with the first part of the suspended sample taken out on Saturday (15 January) and the rest came out after some extra effort on Thursday (20 January).
The sampling attempt is the sixth by Perseverance since it landed on Mars in February of last year. The rover is building a collection of rock samples that will be brought to Earth in the early 2030s by Mars sample mission Developed jointly with NASA and European Space Agency.
Mohandessin I realized something was wrong On December 29, when the rover’s robotic arm attempted to place the freshly drilled specimen into the rover’s bit carousel, a wheel-like structure on its hull that stores the samples. The data revealed resistance as the arm attempted to close the sample tube.
The ominous specimen originated from a rock that scientists named Isol. In the statement, the engineers said the team may try to drill into this rock again.