NASA’s Perseverance rover may be about to embark on its Red Planet adventure — provided it avoids any further delays — but its predecessor is still working hard to make its own discovery on Mars,media reported. Curiosity recently ventured to a new location and discovered a rock that NASA scientists described as “some interesting color changes.”
So what happens when the Mars rover finds an interesting rock? Of course, it will go straight in. “Curiosity” is now preparing to pierce the rock, known as Breamish, to see what secrets it may be hiding, nasa’s Curiosity team said in an update on its website.
But before drilling into the strange-looking rock, Curiosity had to analyze and measure it. It completed the task over the weekend by using a special laser to hit rocks at different wavelengths and collect data. In addition, it aimed the laser at rocks of interest to other nearby scientific groups. On the last day of a busy weekend, Curiosity looked up at the sky, took images of clouds and measured the amount of dust in the atmosphere.
For the work that took place over the weekend, the Curiosity team said: “Curiosity has reached the next drilling site and will analyze a range of interesting targets in our work area this week. The probe will also obtain a series of high-resolution color images that have identified suitable drilling locations in the near field and continue to describe other geological units nearby and along the probe’s route. “
It is reported that Curiosity’s original mission is to run on Mars for about a year, that is, about two years on Earth. It arrived on Mars in August 2012 and has been on Mars ever since, and has done a lot because its research has been working much faster than its main mission.
If Perseverance does launch successfully by August 15, it will reach another location on Mars to accomplish its long list of targets. NASA has no plans to retire Curiosity, and Opportunity proves that NASA’s robots tend to live longer and produce more on Mars.
If, for some reason, The Perseverance can’t launch in mid-August — the absolute limit of the launch window — NASA will have to wait another two years to consider another launch. Because Mars and Earth travel around the sun at different speeds, the launch window for mars missions needs to be there on average every few years.