"If Ingenuity succeeds, future Mars exploration could include an ambitious aerial dimension", the space agency stated.
The first attempt at recording audio on Mars was the implementation of the Mars Polar Lander of NASA with a microphone. "The fact that this flight must be completed in a moment of America's story that calls for the very best in us to persevere, we felt it fitting to signal this send-off with a focus on what makes America lovely", Paul Wizikowski, Executive Producer of Nasa's launch broadcast, commented in a statement. An unfortunate series of events, isn't it?
The LN-200S underwent vigorous testing to validate its extended life capability for the Perseverance Mars Rover mission, which is expected to last 1.5 Mars years, or about 1,071 Earth days.
A Mars landing mission must overcome a wide variety of difficulties and obstacles before it can fly through the Martian atmosphere and land on the planet's surface, experts said.
The Tianwen-1 spacecraft was then placed into an Earth-Mars transfer orbit roughly 36 minutes later and started its seven-month journey to Mars. In 2019, they followed that success up with the Yutu-2 rover, which became the first spacecraft to softly touch down on the farside of the moon.
It also features innovative solar cells, battery, avionics, sensors, telecommunications, and other designs and algorithms, in addition to off-the-shelf components such as two smartphone cameras, an altimeter, inclinometer, and computer processors. "Then the next level of generality is, what will it take for humans to live on Mars?"
Tianwen-1 is "broadly comparable to Viking in its scope and ambition", he added.
This is the second flight to Mars made this week, after the orbital probe launched by the United Arab Emirates, from Japan, on Monday.
The just over six feet space craft will search for signs of life on the red planet. Rivers and lakes existed there surprisingly recently. Spirit and Opportunity are no longer functioning, however, Curiosity is scheduled to be joined on Mars next year by the Mars-bound rover Preservance.
To find out the source of the methane, space agencies will have to go to these places and collect samples. And it's this well-studied chemistry, along with the textures of the meteorite, that makes it so useful for the Perseverance robot mission. As the exclusive partner for the rover's naming campaign, Baidu App will leverage its expansive user base to allow netizens to contribute to the selection of the rover's name and view interactive content about the mission. "Tianwen" comes from the title of an ancient Chinese poem, and it means "questions to heaven".
"But if we start out observing interesting points on the surface area of Mars that we are unable to explain in the spectra, then we'll glimpse back again to the calibration target to make absolutely sure that the instrument's performing the right way". And, perhaps, those samples will bring us the first firm evidence of alien life.