In the Space.com forums this week: Perseverance prizes, exploration and breaking theories!
We're giving away two prizes — a Perserverance mission patch and a commemorative rover-landing coin — to one lucky winner. If you haven't already, make sure to register for the Space.com forums and join a community of like minded space enthusiasts! We're giving away two prizes — this Mars 2020 Perseverance rover commemorative landing coin and a mission patch — to one lucky winner. (Image credit: Future)Our latest giveaway kicked off this week, offering up a pack of commemorative prizes. Our Community Question this week focused on preparing for space exploration.space.com
Perseverance rover snaps gorgeous HD panorama of Mars landing site
NASA's Perseverance rover has given us our best view yet of its Martian landing site. Related: Where to find the Perseverance rover's latest Mars photosLive updates: NASA's Perseverance Mars rover missionSee the full panorama (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS) You can download the Perseverance's full HD panorama of its Mars landing site from NASA here. Related: NASA's Perseverance rover Mars mission in picturesA portion of the panorama captured by the Mastcam-Z camera system aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS)The Perseverance team is just starting to take stock of the landing site. But the rover's early photos show a landscape that looks similar to those explored by other NASA Mars rovers.space.com
LISTEN: NASA rover sends back first sounds ever recorded on Mars
Gentle wind and a robotic hum might not sound like much to celebrate but those were the first sounds ever recorded on Mars taken by NASA’s Perseverance rover after landing on another world. NASA released the first few recordings taken by the rover that landed on the red planet Thursday following a 300-million-mile journey. “We can sit here now and actually tell you that we have recorded sound from the surface of Mars,” Gruel said after playing one of those recordings. “We actually have gotten requests from instrument teams wanting to turn on the microphone to observe their instrument functioning,” Maki said. Similar to hearing something wrong with mechanics on Earth, NASA teams could do the same on mars.
NASA is about to land the first tiny helicopter on Mars
Members of the NASA Mars Helicopter team inspect Ingenuity, inside the Space Simulator, a 25-foot-wide vacuum chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, on Feb. 1, 2019. Nicknamed Ingenuity, the 4-pound tiny chopper is actually a test mission for NASA. Following the 300-million-mile journey and frightful landing on Mars, Ingenuity will be released from the rover’s under carriage for a short term-mission unrelated to its ride Perseverance. The Mars Helicopter Delivery System holds the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter to the underside of Perseverance. “The Ingenuity Mars helicopter has been fully tested, as much as we can on Earth, we have test flown it and we have tested for environment and next is time to demonstrate proof and learn how it operates at Mars,” NASA JPL Ingenuity project manager MiMi Aung said.