How cute! Rover Perseverance takes selfie beyond friendly on Mars

As the Perseverance rover advances and crashes through the Jezero crater on Mars, the robot collects information about the planet. Since its landing on February 18 of this year, the “Percy”, as it is affectionately nicknamed, has already sent to Earth new images of the Red Planet, the ambient sound and even data from the atmosphere. Now he has just sent us a high-resolution selfie – in fact, a habit that his predecessor Curiosity has maintained since he arrived there, in 2012.

On March 26th, Curiosity took a panoramic selfie where practically his entire body appears, in addition to the Martian landscape around him – with a highlight to Monte Mercou, in the background, in the Gale crater. Meanwhile, the Perseverance rover advances on its journey through the Jezero crater and, on April 6, through the SHERLOC camera located on its robotic arm, Percy recorded its “face” and its “head” – which are on the main mast of the rover.

The most prominent camera is the SuperCam, responsible for spraying rocks and processing light through spectroscopy – the rover has even sent the SuperCam sound in action – to collect samples of Martian soil. Below, we have two smaller and rectangular lenses – these are part of Mastcam-z. With it, the robot is capable of capturing high resolution images, including 3D images, panoramas and videos. In the “neck” of Percy, there is the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA), designed to monitor the dynamics of the climate of Mars, including the quantity and size of the particles of the constant red dust.

While Perseverance does not record his first panoramic selfie, as his “brother” Curiosity usually does, he sends us other types of information, such as the first weather report obtained by MEDA the day after landing. In the bulletin, the rover revealed a temperature of minus 20 ºC, which after 30 minutes dropped to 25.6 ºC and the air was cleaner there in the Jezero crater than in Gale, where Curiosity is located.

Although the constant red dust covers the entire surface of Mars, it poses no threat to the energy sources of Perseverance – and also of Curiosity – as the rover is powered by a nuclear battery system.

Now, the next step of the Mars 2020 mission is the test flight of the Ingenuity helicopter, which separated from Percy on the last day 3 and survived the low night temperatures. The aircraft is already positioned in the Jezero crater, arranging the last details for the long-awaited flight, which should take place on April 11th.

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