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The astronaut choked with perseverance

NASA's persistent astronaut succeeded in trapping rock fragments that got stuck in a sampling wheel in late December, preventing it from continuing operations. Sampling from Mars was ejected.

Although the process of unclogging the sampling path had not been tested before, the drone mission engineers found the method to be completely straightforward, as the drone team said in a statement. Is. This process involved taking a drill containing the sample to the surface and rotating it rapidly until the stones came out. What formed an unexpected operation on Mars: Return the collected samples to the mother planet.

BingMag.com The <b>astronaut</b> <b>choked</b> with perseverance

Rotating Sampling Rotating Container
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

mZ) was able to record the moment when the astronaut throws the pebbles out of the sampling drill. This video shows the rover drilling a spin and throwing a small piece of rock on the red surface of Mars. (Jan. 25) came out and the rest of the specimens came out, after another attempt, on Thursday, Jan. 20 (January 30).="caption-attachment-1042425" class="wp-caption-text"> Moment of launching additional pebble parts
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

February 18 (last year) This is the sixth sampling by a persistent astronaut. One of the astronauts' main goals is to collect samples of Martian rock and soil to be brought to Earth later during another mission to be carried out jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency in the early 2030s.

It was on December 29 that engineers discovered there was a problem with the rover operation. The robotic arm of the rover, which tried to place the newly drilled specimen in the sampling wheel, met more resistance than usual, and something got stuck in between. Therefore, a new operation was considered to remove this blockage and continue the mission.

BingMag.com The <b>astronaut</b> <b>choked</b> with perseverance

The surface of Mars, before and after dropping the sample to its surface
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mission now successfully completed. The perseverance team had collected the previous specimen, which has now returned to the surface of the Red Planet, from a rock called "Issole". The sample tube used in the previous attempt is to be used again for the next sampling, but whether or not the same rock will be the target again still needs to be reviewed and analyzed in the previous mission.

Cover Photo: Moment of throwing extra pebbles from the end of the robotic arm of the persistent rover
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

Sources: Space, NASA


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