NASA Perseverance shares first photos of Mars after solar conjunction

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Images shared by Perseverance share a glimpse of the stunning terrain on Mars the rover is currently traversing. Credits: NASA Perseverance.

The six-wheeled robot stationed on the Red Planet has now resumed exploration of Jezero Crater, which is a 45-kilometer-wide hole in the ground that previously housed a lake and a river delta, billions of years ago. years.

Two weeks after the imposing moratorium due to the solar conjunction, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission to Mars, the Perseverance rover returned its first images to Earth. Images captured by Perseverance’s camera were tweeted earlier this week. Announcing his return to the office after the short vacation, NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover tweeted: “I’m back to work, parked between these two beautiful outcrops. I did some imagery, meteorological studies, chemistry experiments and also got a software update. Perseverance operators, based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, tweeted the image on Monday. The six-wheeled robot stationed on the Red Planet has now resumed exploration of Jezero Crater, which is a 45-kilometer-wide hole in the ground that previously housed a lake and a river delta, billions of years ago. years.

During Mars’ solar conjunction that remained in effect earlier this week, Earth and the red planet were on opposite sides of the Sun. Due to this position of the two planets, any communication attempt by NASA to connect to its missions on Mars was affected as the Sun radiated hot, ionized gas from its corona, which stretched far into space. . According to NASA, these gases could interfere with radio signals if engineers from Earth tried to communicate with spacecraft stationed on Mars. Radiation from the Sun in the middle of the two planets was strong enough to corrupt the controls and cause unexpected behavior from NASA’s deep space explorers, NASA said in a statement. Thus, the imposing moratorium was observed for two weeks between the ground operators of NASA and its missions on Mars. Currently, NASA has the Perseverance rover, the Ingenuity helicopter, the Curiosity Rover, the InSight hovering lander stationed on the red planet in addition to the three orbiters.

Images shared by Perseverance share a glimpse of the stunning terrain on Mars the rover is currently traversing. The rover is also accompanied by a mini helicopter called Ingenuity which tests flight operations on the Red Planet. Perseverance is the last NASA mission to Mars to land on the planet earlier this year in February.

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