After having managed to collect two samples from the same rock, a successful event a few days ago, the Perseverance rover continues its journey to an area very particular and rather complicated to travel. And it must be remembered that without the invaluable help provided by aerial reconnaissance carried out with the MarsHelicopter Ingenuity, perhaps this area would have been avoided a priori.
Ne we had also spoken in previous articles and we can also have a detail of the movements through the NASA tool, thanks to which we can enjoy an updated position of the rover with a lot of space references and see all the journey made since its arrival on Mars. The last saved position dates back, at the time of writing, to sol 203 that is to yesterday. Let’s see it in detail.
Perseverance has now begun a rather difficult path, which at the current pace should lead him to his destination within a couple of days. The destination is an area called South Sèitah, very close to the area that NASA had initially decided to avoid, precisely because of the danger of covering up the rover. Yet the aerial surveys of Ingenuity tell us that the rocks here could be much older than those collected with the first two cores, which is why Perseverance wants to investigate directly on site and evaluate a new collection attempt.
But in the meantime, after leaving the area called Citadelle, Perseverance has brought home a new personal best linked to autonomous driving, managing to cover the record distance of 167 meters in a single day . We leave you at the end of some of the most beautiful photos taken during the recent movement among the sand ripples, where some interesting rocky stratifications are visible.