Luxembourg, 11 March 2021. – The “faint sounds of Martian wind”: the primary information from the SuperCam instrument aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover have arrived on Earth.
The instrument delivered information to the French Area Company’s operations heart in Toulouse that features the primary audio of laser zaps on one other planet, NASA mentioned.
SuperCam was developed collectively by the Los Alamos Nationwide Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico and a consortium of French analysis laboratories beneath the auspices of the Centre Nationwide d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES).
“It’s superb to see SuperCam working so effectively on Mars,” mentioned Roger Wiens, the principal investigator for Perseverance’s SuperCam instrument from Los Alamos Nationwide Laboratory in New Mexico. “Once we first dreamed up this instrument eight years in the past, we anxious that we have been being approach too bold. Now it’s up there working like a attraction.”
SuperCam’s sensor head which weighs 5.6 Kg can carry out 5 sorts of analyses to check Mars’ geology and assist scientists select which rocks the rover ought to pattern in its seek for indicators of historical microbial life, the U.S. area company says.