NASA's Perseverance rover spotted by satellite image while it treks Mars' Jezero Crater
Using its high-powered camera, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured something special on Sept. 28 — an image of the agency's Perseverance rover as it trekked along the planet's Jezero Crater.
The white speck may not look like much, but "Percy," as the rover has been nicknamed, has made history since its Mars landing on Feb. 18. After successfully collecting its first rock samples from a boulder on Sept. 6, the rover headed to an area known as "South Séítah."
The area, described by NASA as "a series of ridges covered by sand dunes, boulders and rock shards," is where the rover is currently awaiting further instructions while Mars and Earth are on opposite sides of the Sun.
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Known as the Mars solar conjunction, the biennial occurrence can interfere with signals sent between the planets. Because of this, NASA put sending commands to its Mars missions on hold Saturday and won't resume them until Oct. 16.
The image was captured by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera, known as HiRise, which is operated by the University of Arizona, Tucson. The rover's main mission is to find signs of ancient microbial life by collecting information and samples from the Red Planet's surface.