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Perseverance’s possible travel route on Mars

Perseverance's planned driving routes
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In touting the plans of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) to someday launch a rover to Jezero Crater designed to pick up the cached samples that Perseverance is going to leave behind, NASA today published the map to the right, showing Perseverance’s planned driving routes in the crater, on the large delta that poured into the crater in the past, and beyond that crater.

The yellow lines indicate Perseverance’s planned route, beginning somewhere in that red landing ellipse. The green lines indicated the many proposed landing sites and pathways the proposed follow-on sample retrieval mission can take to grab Perseverance samples.

The planned route looks like they will spend a lot of time exploring the top of delta, then will move out of the crater and to the southwest towards what had been another candidate landing site for Perseverance, now dubbed the Midway ellipse.

What route the science team will eventually take at the delta depends greatly on exactly where Perseverance lands today. We will know more in only a few hours.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Lee Stevenson

    Meanwhile here in Sweden…… This Englishman has been trying to explain to his workmates quite why tonight’s proceedings are perhaps the most audacious, and indeed the most scientifically important that mankind has ever attempted… Some got why I will have a small bottle of bubbly on hand, some did not get it at all…. I am as excited about the safe landing of this mission as pretty much anything other than my football teams cup final at Wembley stadium ( it’s football, not soccer!), And the birth of my children… ( Not in that order!!) What can I say… I GET the years of effort that so many people have dedicated to this mission, I GET the potentially paradigm changing results it could return, and I GET the massive danger of failure, and I GET the hopes and dreams of so many ( including myself ) that will die if the mission fails.
    God speed Perseverance, and as an atheist, I can’t pray for success, but by God, I’m wishing for it!

  • Lee Stevenson

    I forgot to say…. There is currently only the US and NASA that could or would even attempt a mission such as this… for the scientifically literate, or even interested community world wide, NASA is a beacon for the US. Given the recent drama in US politics, I so hope for this missions success… It can only bring us all together, something we badly need right now… As a distant European, I too love NASA!

  • Mike

    Happy birthday bob

  • eddie willers

    She’s down safely!

  • Lee Stevenson

    Bubbly is open and currently being consumed, even tho it’s a school night . And I’ve never been happier to do so….. NASA has many faults, but their unmanned exploration is truly “out of this world”…. Congratulations to NASA and the USA. As the late great Carl Sagan said “humanity is the way the universe knows itself” here’s to a new era of exploration of Mars!!!

  • Alex Andrite

    Regarding the intended “cached samples” and their pickups.

    I get first dibs on the logo for bumper sticker and tee shirt sales:
    “Please – Cleanup after your Rover”.

  • Ralph Croskey

    Cant wait for Ingenuity to take off!! I know its solar powered. Will the revolving rotors spin off the Martian dust, or will it too
    go the way of Oppy and possibly InSight (currently at 28% of Max.) ? What’s a safe flight radius from Perseverance? What’s its top speed?
    Will it fly? What did it cost to make?

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