NASA's curiosity rover has been exploring red planet for nearly a decade, and it is still doing great work.Recently, the car took a short break in the process of collecting and analyzing samples and took a self portrait.On the other hand, the will probe is expected to land on Mars in February 2021.
The curiosity rover, which arrived on Mars in mid-2012, is still working. Currently, it is investigating a new site on Mars and occasionally takes samples, but NASA staff decided to take time for the robot Rover to take quick self portraits.
Just as NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) explains in a new blog post, Curiosity is currently hovering around a region on Mars called Mary Anning. Since July, it has been investigating the area and using its drill bits (which have been out of use for some time) to grab some rock samples, analyze them, and then send the data back to earth.
According to JPL, there is a lot of data to filter, but the team is already planning the next step of Curiosity. "The team needs months to explain the chemistry and minerals in Mary Anning site samples ," NASA explained.
At the same time, "perseverance" Mars rover is less than 100 days away from its expected landing date on Mars. The rover will land in jezerro crater, quite far from curiosity. The crater was chosen because researchers believe it may have been the site of an ancient lake, which may mean that traces of ancient life still exist in the soil and surface material. The new rover will collect and analyze samples and prepare to return to earth in the next few years. The samples will be fixed and sealed, and in future missions they will be picked up and launched into orbit, where a separate spacecraft will capture them and bring them back to earth.