Tools designed to gather information during the approach of NASA’s bold rover on Mars’ atmosphere have been recently verified.
Engineers of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission waited for quite some time for a sign from the MEDLI2 (the Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing Instrumentation 2), which is now heading to Mars.
MEDLI2 comprises a suite of advanced sensors capable of measuring thermal protection system material performance and aerothermal environments during the atmospheric reach stage of the Mars 2020 mission.
Here is what you need to know.
MEDLI2 had first needed to pass some environmental surveys before being enabled on the Mars 2020 backshell and heat shield. The recent checkout offered significant data from the rover for the first time since it launched in July.
The test ensured that electronics and sensors powered on enough, and temperature and pressure sensors were measuring as expected. Thanks to this checkup, engineers know that MEDLI2 survived launch and the coldness of deep space.
MEDLI2 is probably the most ambitious project that NASA developed lately. It represents a Game-Changing Development conducted by the space agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, fully supported by the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and Science Mission Directorate.
The bold project is supervised at Langley and implemented in partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Research Center.
Henry Wright, the MEDLI2 project manager, released a statement. Here is an excerpt of it:
“The test went great; we got the data we wanted, and everything looks like we predicted it would.”
More About Perseverance’s Mission
An essential objective of NASA’s bold Perseverance mission on the Red Planet is the quest for any signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will be the first mission ever to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. It will also realize a characterization of the planet’s past climate and geology and, of course, pave the way for human exploration.
More missions, under consideration by NASA in partnership with the ESA, would send spacecraft to the Red Planet to gather those samples and return them to Earth.
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