NASA's endurance rover finds a piece of debris in March

NASA’s endurance rover finds a piece of debris in March

NASA’s endurance finds thermal blanket on Mars

June 15, NASA‘s Perseverance Mars Rover told Twitter that the team discovered its first debris on Mars, a piece of thermal blanket that they believe may have come from the rover’s descent step, the rocket-propelled jet package that put it down landing day 2021. When the team zoomed in on the image, they discovered the shiny object stuck between the rocks of Mars, rigid in its position as nothing and no one could brush it off from its position.

The thermal material protected Perseverance from extreme temperatures when it traveled to March 2021 and landed safely in the territory, thanks to its design for space travel. “That shiny piece of foil is part of a thermal blanket – a material used to control temperatures. It’s a surprise to find this here: My descent stage crashed about 2 km away. Landed this piece here after that, or blew this one by the wind? ‘, NASA tweets, still find out how the material managed to adorn Marslandet.

NASA's endurance rover finds a piece of debris in March
images from NASA

Purpose of NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover

The endurance landed on February 18, 2021, and the team has spent the weeks since landing checking the rover to prepare for surface operations. A key goal of Perseverance’s mission to Mars lies in astrobiology, including the search for evidence of ancient microbial life. As the space agency puts it, the rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the red planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Mars rock and regolith (broken rock and dust).

The next NASA mission, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), aims to send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis. Mars 2020 The Perseverance mission is part of NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration strategy, which includes the Artemis mission to the moon that will help prepare for human exploration on the red planet. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, built and operates the Perseverance rover.

NASA's endurance rover finds a piece of debris in March
NASA’s endurance rover finds a piece of debris in March

NASA’s Thermal Blankets Makers

NASA also published the photos of the team that wrapped Perseverance Rover in thermal blankets. ‘Think of them as spaceship seamstresses. They work with sewing machines and other tools to put together these unique materials, ‘ NASA tweets. In 2016, NASA spoke with one of their spaceship seamstresses, Lien Pham. She had been making thermal blankets at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for 16 years then. Sewing the thermal blankets too tight or too loose can experience failures in regulating the temperature of the spacecraft, so they must be cut into shape.

A thermal blanket must provide just the right amount of heat, not too much and not too little, for the spacecraft to function properly. NASA writes that Pham is a member of Flight Technicians Services, a group at JPL that contributes to all stages of spacecraft, and her special team, which designs and manufactures the protective thermal blankets, is called the Shield Store. As Pham shared, they use multiple layers of Mylar films with Dacron mesh to separate them. “For the outer surface, we use Kapton film or Beta fabric, which resists temperature changes. We also use Kapton gold which is good for conducting current. There is a black material called the Kapton carbon field. It is for a charged environment, with a lot of electricity. It disperses the charge, ‘ she told NASA.

Pham also said that the toughest material to work in her field of work is Teflon. “Some spacecraft require it, but the tape does not stick to the surface. Tape is part of the felt manufacturing process,” she said. At one point, the team wondered how they could build the material if the tape did not stick. one would see in clothes, where the material is folded and then sewn.

NASA's endurance rover finds a piece of debris in March
NASA’s Perseverance Rover selfie

NASA's endurance rover finds a piece of debris in March
close-up of NASA’s Perseverance Rover

NASA's endurance rover finds a piece of debris in March
NASA’s endurance rover finds a piece of debris in March

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16 June 2022


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