The Adaptive Caching Assembly, installed on March 3, is composed of seven motors with 3000 pieces, all working in synchrony to collect the samples. Its function is to collect samples of Martian rock, seal them in a canister, and leave them on the planet's surface.
With the launch period for NASA's Mars Perseverance rover opening in a little less than four months, the six-wheeler is reaching significant pre-launch milestones nearly daily at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Installed on March 7, the Bit Carousel's objective is storing Martian rock and dust. The rover's Adaptive Caching Assembly and the Bit Carousel were integrated into the rover's body, then their electrical wiring tested.
One of Perseverance's main objectives is to collect samples from the Red Planet. They also power the component's Sample Handling Arm, which transfers the samples into tubes to be sealed and stored. Last week, Perseverance's meeting, check and launch operations workforce built-in two elements that may play key roles within the acquisition, containment, and eventual return to Earth of humanity's first samples from one other planet: the Adaptive Caching Assembly and the Bit Carousel. "We will keep these pristine until we integrate them in a couple of months".
NASA's Mars 2020 mission is still underway, despite the growing public health crisis in the United States and overseas.
NASA is determined to get its life-hunting Mars rover off the ground this summer despite the coronavirus outbreak. Launch preparations are continuing.
The Perseverance rover is a robotic scientist weighing slightly below 2,300 kilos (1,043 kilograms).
NASA's InSight lander, which is now on the surface of Mars, has faced some unexpected problems during its mission to explore and study the planet.
NASA is targeting to launch the Mars 2020 mission on July 17.
This illustration depicts NASA's Perseverance rover operating on the surface of Mars. Since it was a success, the machine will probably be launched in space as it was previously planned.
NASA's Mars 2020 rover Perseverance is teaming up ahead of its expected launch on the Red Planet in July this year.
Once it's down there, it will hopefully be able to complete its research mission: analyzing temperature fluctuations inside the Red Planet in an attempt to understand how similar Mars' core is to that of Earth.