NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is using its self -navigating capabilities as it travels through the Jezero Crater crater looking for signs of ancient life and collecting rocks and dust for return. to the Earth.
With the help of special 3D mirrors, pilots on Earth plan routes with precise stops, but allow the rover to “take the wheel” and choose how to reach those turns. Perseverance’s navigation system, known as AutoNav, creates 3D maps of the terrain, detects hazards, and plans a route around obstacles without having to re -navigate. navigators on Earth.
Now the rover can navigate these difficult terrain, helping Perseverance achieve his scientific goals and break driving records. The rover was sailing from near its landing site, “Octavia E. Butler Landing,” where an ancient river flowed into a body of water and deposited sediments (called a delta).
NASA’s own Perseverance Mars rover ‘takes the wheel’
To follow the journey of Perseverance, visit mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/where-is-the-rover/
To learn more about Perseverance, visit mars.nasa.gov/perseverance.
Provided by Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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