September 16, 2021


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Stone did not cooperate.

Mars rover «Perseverance»

This flyer from NASA shows the US “Perseverance” (r) rover next to the “Creativity” (M) small helicopter on Mars. Photo: – / NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / dpa

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“perseverance” “The tools worked as we determined, but the stone didn’t cooperate,” NASA researcher Louise Gandora said in a statement released Wednesday after a thorough investigation of a failed drilling attempt in a dry lake on Mars called Jezero Crater. .

The excavation went as planned, but because the rocks were “unusual”, they produced only small powdery shards that could not be carried into the tube. Another attempt is scheduled for the beginning of September. Some promising sites on Mars have already been spied for this. The rover has a total of 43 samples of titanium tubes on board.

Perseverance (German: Stamina) landed on Mars at the end of February in a risky maneuver. The approximately $2.5 billion (about 2.2 billion euros) rover took eight years to develop and build. It is supposed to search for traces of past microbial life on Mars and investigate the planet’s climate and geology.


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