The Mars ATV has already taken thousands of pictures from the planet

The Mars ATV Perseverance has already fixed its camera. Still, it won’t be moving in the Jezero crater this week.

It will take you time to prepare for a journey that will last more than two years on Earth.

The devices must be charged and tuned for Mars. However, the ATV already has a good catch: thousands of photos and a video compilation.

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Perseverence successfully landed on Mars on Thursday, February 18th. It sent a signal from the crater of Jezero, which arrived on Earth late at night in Finnish time.

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Perseverance’s first color image of Mars from the Jezero crater. The shadow of the ATV is visible on the left. Photo: Nasa

The U.S. space administration Nasa thus got its ATV on the surface of Mars intact for the fifth time in a row. The series began in 1997.

This time will be historic, at least in terms of its images. Perseverance and the lander took pictures with five cameras.

They also videotaped the h-moments, i.e. important about 240 seconds before the surface of Mars.

The video has all the ingredients of the drama. It’s like a parachute firing from a cannon’s mouth, dust clouds and a rocket crane throwing aside at the last minute.

No people appeared in this play. The ATV did everything itself more than 190 million kilometers away, according to the program fed to it, of course. Even the big rock descenderer could dodge at the last minute.

The video has been obtained from the surface of Mars in the past, but very jerky and inaccurate. Now the sharp image flutters. Most wonderfully, all the cameras were purchased from a store shelf and tuned for a trip.

A 60-second sound sample from the surface of Mars was also landed.

“If you’re wondering how to go to Mars or why it’s so awkward, then this video will tell you that,” said the director Steve Jurczyk About Nasa at a press conference in California.

The images on the soil of Mars are, of course, also fascinating.

Panorama of the lake crater. Six different shots are combined in the image. They were grabbed by a Perseverance ATV on February 20, their third day on Mars. Photo: Nasa

Admittedly, the surface shapes of Mars look pretty much the same as the images captured by the previous ATV, the Curiosity.

Curiosity still prevails on Mars, more than 2,000 miles from Perseverance. These ATVs will never encounter, and there would be no reason to.

The new ATV Perseverance is, to be more precise, a mobile geological research laboratory. It is bigger than its predecessor and equipped to its peak.

In recent days, Perseverance has been awakened. First, it charged the batteries, literally.

The ATV’s front mast was erected last weekend. It has several cameras.

After the panorama, the air traffic control wanted to photograph the surface of the ATV itself. The mast camera was used to check whether rocks had hit the surface during the descent.

More pictures are starting to come from Mars. There are more than 23,000 images of the landing alone, the flight cameras said Dave Gruel BBC: n mukaan. Some of the images were combined into video, he says Website Space.com.

Number of images will grow to hundreds of thousands on Mars in one year. A year on Mars lasts 678 days. That is Perseverance’s planned lifespan. Apparently the ATV continues after that.

Perseverance is still not moving. There will soon be a test drive ahead, but it will only be meters long. The air traffic control just wants to test whether the wheels are jerking.

It will take at least another week to tune the ATV’s equipment. The research robot software needs to be updated. Now the ATV is loaded with “explorer” software. Previously, the device had “landing” software.

More than 5,000 commands have already been sent to the ATV, he said Jessica Samuels air traffic control, says the website Space.com.

Even the wheels still need to be straightened after a tightly packed flight. Everything is opened from the travel package calmly, as the device is worth its weight in gold.

The satellite photographed the orbit of Mars, where different parts drifted during the landing. Parachute at the top and left. Next left the brake motors, then the ATV itself and on the right the heat shield. Photo: Nasa

Developing and sending Perseverance cost U.S. taxpayers about $ 2.7 billion, or $ 2.2 billion. With six wheels, it’s not worth going to tear up.

Air traffic control in California is now pondering along the maps what route Perseverance is heading toward the dried-up estuary of the Jezero Crater. It is only a few miles away, but the sky can take months.

Sometimes the ATV stops. On the way, Perseverance flies a minicopter, for example. It was brought to Mars attached to the bottom of the ATV.

The helicopter must first be tuned to its delicate legs and open its rotors to flight – as long as a suitable width for the helicopter can be found on the ATV’s route.


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