Incredible satellite photo captures tiny Perseverance rover on Mars ahead of nail biting weeks-long shutdown

NASA is having to stand down from its Mars missions for the next few weeks. The news comes as its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently captured a striking image of the Perseverance rover looking like a tiny speck on the planet’s surface. NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaCan you spot the Perseverance rover in this image?[/caption] NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThe rover looks like a tiny speck in the Jezero Crater[/caption] The Reconnaissance Orbiter caught the rover in the South Séítah region of the Jezero Crater where it recently took a rock sample. Both pieces of equipment and some of Nasa’s other Mars spacecraft will stop receiving commands for the next few weeks. This is because of the biennial Mars solar conjunction. It means Earth and Mars are on opposite sides of the Sun and can’t ‘see’ each other so communication is obstructed. Ionised gas emitted from the Sun is to blame for this as it can obstruct radio signals. Most read in News BLOCKHEADS I would block ambulance with dying patient inside, XR founder says ARMED RESPONSE Moment armed cop shoots ‘man with rifle’ in stand-off in middle of the road NURSE IN THE DOCK Nurse, 30, pleads not guilty to murdering 8 babies & attempting…

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Incredible satellite photo captures tiny Perseverance rover on Mars ahead of nail biting weeks-long shutdown

Updated: October 4, 2021 — 10:26 am