A selfie on Mars? How about a high resolution photo? The images that are reaching NASA are amazing. Especially when checking out the focusing power of the Perseverance Rover. He has started using the WATSON camera on the end of his robotic arm. It conducts focus tests of rock targets on the surface of the red planet.
WATSON y SHERLOC
WATSON stands for wide-angle topography sensor for operation and technology. It’s on the SHERLOC instrument. Again, this is short for Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman and Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals. It’s at the end of Perseverance’s long robotic arm.
An image sequence captured on May 10 was captured on a rock target in Jezero Crater. Demonstrate the focusing capabilities of this camera aboard the Perseverance Rover. You can see the trail the laser left on board the rover. Thanks to this, the explorer’s topographical observations have a very high quality profile. His research work also has a powerful tool.
Test my tools as I get more into science. I used my robotic arm to approach this rock after zapping it with my laser. Can you say that I’m really into rocks Https://t.co/7w3rbvbyoL pic.twitter.com/Yl0gzduCWi
– NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) May 13, 2021
A major goal of the Perseverance mission to Mars is astrobiology. This of course also includes the search for signs of ancient microbial life. A complex and arduous mission, but fascinating. The rover will characterize the geology and past climate of the planet. It will pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. And it will be the first mission to collect and store Martian rocks and regoliths (broken stones and dust), reports NASA.
The focusing power of the Perseverance rover allows for great images that aid this purpose. Subsequent NASA missions would send spaceships to Mars in collaboration with ESA (European Space Agency). They hope to collect these sealed samples from the surface and bring them back to Earth for in-depth analysis.