Tech & Science NASA's Mars rover Perseverance rover has a hidden message for the Red Planet

16:50  01 april  2020
16:50  01 april  2020 Source:   space.com

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NASA ' s Perseverance rover will look for signs of past life in a region of Mars where the ancient environment is believed to have been favorable for microbial life.

NASA has a history with Mars rovers and Morse code. The Curiosity rover 's wheels leave tracks that spell out "JPL" in Morse code as a tribute to NASA ' s Perseverance is scheduled to launch to Mars as early as July. If all goes well, it will carry its coded message to the surface of the red planet in

A placard commemorating NASA's © Provided by Space A placard commemorating NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign was installed on the Perseverance Mars rover on March 16, 2020. Three silicon chips (upper left corner) contain 10,932,295 names and the essays from 155 finalists in NASA's "Name the Rover" contest. And the sunbeams in the diagram spell out “Explore as One” in Morse code.

NASA's Perseverance rover will explore Mars for all of humanity, which a coded message aboard the robot makes clear.

The car-size Perseverance, which is scheduled to launch to the Red Planet this July, carries a special commemorative plate that holds small silicon chips bearing the names of more than 10.9 million people who participated in NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign.

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The next NASA Mars rover now has a name, Perseverance . It took its first drive in a clean room at NASA ’ s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Meet Perseverance . It’s NASA ’ s next ambassador to the Red Planet . The Mars rover ’s new name was announced March 5. NASA held a

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That plate also features a diagram of Earth, Mars and the sun, whose rays are not nearly as random as they look. Indeed, the sunbeams on this plate actually spell out "Explore as One" in Morse code, mission team members revealed via Twitter on Monday (March 30).

Perseverance will land next February inside Mars' 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater, which harbored a lake and a river delta in the ancient past. The rover will scour Jezero for signs of long-dead Mars life, characterize the region's geology and test out next-gen exploration gear, including a small helicopter scout and an instrument that generates oxygen from the thin, carbon dioxide-dominated Martian atmosphere.

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Rovers on Mars have collected evidence of water and some of the chemical building blocks of life. This will help NASA plan for the best designs to send human astronauts to explore Mars one day. The rocks in this region could tell us about the history of the Red Planet and may have preserved

Perseverance is a Mars rover manufactured by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for use in NASA ' s Mars 2020 mission. Nearly identical in design to the Curiosity rover

Perseverance will have other duties as well. Chief among them will be to collect and cache samples for a future return to Earth, where scientists will be able to analyze them in detail in well-equipped labs. NASA and the European Space Agency will work together to bring these samples home, which could happen as early as 2031.

Perseverance is following in the footsteps of NASA's Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars' 96-mile-wide (154 km) Gale Crater since August 2012. Curiosity's main mission goal involves assessing Gale's past habitability, and the rover's work has shown that the crater hosted a potentially life-supporting lake-and-stream system for long stretches in the ancient past. 

The two big rovers share the same basic body design and the same landing system — a rocket-powered sky crane that lowers the robots onto the Martian surface via cables. And we now know there's some code commonality as well: the Curiosity team designed the rover's wheels to spell out "JPL" in Morse code in the Martian dirt.

JPL is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, NASA's go-to center for robotic planetary exploration. JPL manages the missions of both Curiosity and Perseverance, as well as many other exploration projects.

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