The Perseverance rover has already collected 14 rock samples on Mars: the device again had problems
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The rover succeeded in taking a new sample of local soil, but it was not possible to complete the sampling process.< /p> Related video
NASA announced that the Perseverance rover encountered unforeseen problems while collecting the last 14 Martian surface samples to date. The sample was collected with a special device, but the device failed to pack it into a storage container, writes Space.
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The other day, the Perseverance rover, which is exploring the Lake crater on Mars, used its drill to make a hole in the local rock, took a sample from there, but could not pack it in a tube intended for storing Martian samples.
The rover team reported that while the sample is in the system for transferring samples to the main storage, scientists are trying to do everything possible to ensure that it is securely sealed in a special container.
At the moment, the rover has already used 16 test tubes intended for storing soil. 2 of them remain empty, and the 17th should be filled with the last sample for today. There is still a lot of work ahead of the apparatus, because it needs to fill another two dozen test tubes. Some of these containers with samples of Martian rocks will be sent to Earth and NASA scientists will be able to study them already in 2033.
If all goes according to plan, the rover will use two aircraft to deliver its sample tubes to the lander. After that, they will be transferred to a small rocket, which will send the samples to the orbit of Mars, where the spacecraft will pick them up and deliver them to Earth.
By the way, the rover will leave some of the collected samples at the end of its mission on the surface of the Jezero crater. Thus, if the samples in its storage are damaged, or the rover simply cannot deliver them to the rocket launch site, then they will be picked up by just those two aircraft that will be very similar to the Ingenuity helicopter currently operating on Mars.
< p> With regard to this aircraft, it has already completed 33 flights on Mars, which is 6 times more than scientists expected. Focus already wrote that in early October this helicopter also had problems with a piece of unknown material stuck to its landing leg.
As already written by Focus , the Perseverance rover has discovered a potential source of life on Mars. He found rocks that contain the highest concentration of organic matter ever discovered.