Wednesday, September 14, 2022

NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Explores the Jezero Crater Delta | JPL

NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Explores the Jezero Crater Delta | JPL

NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover has arrived at an ancient delta in Jezero Crater, one of the best places on the Red Planet to search for potential  signs of ancient life. The delta is an area where scientists surmise that a river once flowed billions of years ago into a lake and deposited sediments in a fan shape. 

Rachel Kronyak, a member of the Perseverance science operations team, guides the viewer through this Martian panorama and its intriguing sedimentary rocks. It is the most detailed view ever returned from the Martian surface, consisting of 2.5 billion pixels and generated from 1,118 individual Mastcam-Z images. Those images were acquired on June 12, 13, 16, 17, and 20, 2022 (the 466th, 467th, 470th, 471st, and 474th Martian day, or sol, of Perseverance’s mission). 

In this panorama, an area called Hogwallow Flats is visible, as is Skinner Ridge, where two rock core samples were taken. 

The color enhancement in this image improves the visual contrast and accentuates color differences. This makes it easier for the science team to use their everyday experience to interpret the landscape. 

For more information on the Perseverance rover, visit:

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

Duration: 3 minutes, 19 seconds

Release Date: September 14, 2022

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