Curiosity rover on Mars shares stunning panorama, selfie with the rocky Mont Mercou- Technology Information, Gadgetclock
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The Nationwide Aeronautics and House Administration’s Curiosity rover has snapped a selfie with an imposing rock formation on Mars, often called Mont Mercou. The Mars rover additionally captured a pair of panoramic footage, offering a three-dimensional view, of the stark cliff face of the landmark. The selfie, created from 60 particular person photographs, was taken on 26 March 2021 – the 3,070th Martian day (sol) of Curiosity’s mission, by two cameras on the rover. The primary is the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), positioned on Curiosity’s robotic arm. Eleven of the photographs had been additionally contributed by the Mastcam, taken on a 16 March photo-spree.
Mont Mercou is about 20 ft (6 meters) tall. Curiosity has drilled a pattern of the rock, which the staff has nicknamed ‘Nontron’, NASA stated in a press release. The nomenclature offers the science staff leeway to look at and clarify the composition and origin of the rock on the Purple Planet. The spot at which Curiosity snapped its selfie with Mont Mercou is at the transition between the ‘clay-bearing unit’ in the Gale Crater – from the place the rover is departing, and the ‘sulfate-bearing unit’ in Mount Sharp, to the place the rover is headed.
Earlier in March, Curiosity had taken some extra panoramas with its Mastcam instrument. Learning these photographs from a couple of angle helps scientists perceive the 3D geometry of the sedimentary layers that make up Mount Mercou.
NASA is parallelly gearing as much as deploy the first helicopter to fly on one other world. The Ingenuity Mars helicopter was rigorously deployed from the stomach of the Perseverance rover, the mission staff at JPL shared in a current tweet.
We’re in the residence stretch. The #MarsHelicopter has lowered all 4 legs and is in place to the touch down on the Martian floor. As soon as it’s totally prepared, @NASAPersevere will launch it gently to the floor. https://t.co/TNCdXWcKWE pic.twitter.com/K3fqt2X2q3
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) March 31, 2021
Swing low, candy helicopter…@NASAPersevere is slowly and punctiliously deploying the #MarsHelicopter, Ingenuity. The tech demo is presently unfolding from its stowed place and readying to soundly contact down on the Martian floor. See upcoming milestones: https://t.co/TNCdXWcKWE pic.twitter.com/3AyaiHOH2k
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) March 30, 2021
“It [the helicopter] is stowed sideways, folded up and locked in place, so there’s some reverse origami to do earlier than I can set it down. First although, I will be off to the designated ‘helipad,’ a pair days’ drive from right here,” the Perseverance rover staff tweeted.
Step-by-step, the #MarsHelicopter Ingenuity is on the point of drop to the floor. As soon as it’s all unfolded, with 4 legs down, I’ll be capable to lower it free. https://t.co/SDfGrUvoGL
— NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) March 30, 2021
The helicopter is anticipated to take flight on 8 April this 12 months.