NASA Rover persistence he just had a rare mistake. The space agency has discovered that the robotic vehicle did not collect rock samples from Mars in its first attempt. While the percussion drill, drill and sampling tube worked “as intended”, the probe showed that the tube was empty – which is not what the scientists expected when everything else was checked.
Scientists are still investigating what happened and may not have an answer for a few days. Persistence Project Manager Jennifer Trosper said the team suspected the rock could have reacted in an unexpected way during the core closure process. The equipment is probably fine, in other words.
The Martian surface has created problems many times. The Phoenix Lander he had trouble collecting “sticky” soil, for example, in 2008 Curiosity i InSight they also had problems shooting at rocks and the surface itself.
This initial stalemate will not necessarily jeopardize the mission of perseverance. However, NASA will want to minimize such incidents. A small portion of the rover was sent to Mars to collect samples that would eventually return to Earth and help scientists search for signs of a past life. The fewer samples NASA gets, the less chance it will have to explore the history of Mars.
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