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ROBOTIC ARM POWERED BY CARTER AIDS MARS ROVER PERCY IN ROCK COLLECTION

ROBOTIC ARM POWERED BY CARTER AIDS MARS ROVER PERCY IN ROCK COLLECTION

Date Published: Jun 20, 2024

We are proud to announce that NASA's Perseverance rover, fondly known as Percy, has reached a remarkable milestone by collecting its 24th sample from Mars. On March 12, 2024, during the 1,088th Martian day of its mission, Percy extracted a rock core from an area named "Bunsen Peak." This achievement is pivotal for the rover's primary objective: astrobiology, which includes the search for signs of ancient microbial life.

 

 

 

The rock core sample is believed to have formed in the presence of water and holds valuable clues about the planet's geological history and past climate. Perseverance’s mission is integral to NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration strategy, which aims to pave the way for future human exploration of the Red Planet. The rover's remarkable findings in Jezero Crater, an ancient lakebed, offer promising evidence of Mars' potentially habitable past.

 

 

 

A critical component of Percy's success is its highly sophisticated robotic arm, equipped with bearings manufactured by Carter Manufacturing Co. Inc. This robotic arm is crucial for the detailed analysis of the Martian terrain and the collection of rock samples. Carter bearings ensure the arm operates smoothly and efficiently, enabling Perseverance to perform complex tasks with precision. The samples collected by Percy will be retrieved by future NASA and ESA missions to bring them back to Earth for comprehensive analysis. These efforts not only enhance our understanding of Mars' history but also contribute to the broader goal of human exploration beyond the Moon, marking a significant step in interplanetary science and discovery.

 

 

 

                                                                                               

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