Newest rover set to launch its mini helicopter on Mars

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After a perfect touchdown via self-destructing rocket cradle, NASA's newest rover is set to start doing some amazing things on Mars.

The BBC reports that the first task of NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars is to send back data so technicians can check to see if any systems were damaged during its rough journey.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Rover on Mars' surface, radio waves beam up, satellite in orbit receives and boosts signal
2. Rover with mast down, show mast deploying, software seen rebooting on black screen
3. Drone deployed, flying, radio waves from rover to drone shows radio control
4. Drone RC flight sequence continues, drone lands
5. Rover moves, drone shadowing it, start of river delta sedimentation formation sequence
6. End of delta sequence, water evaporates to desert, becomes martian delta, rover drills

VOICEOVER (in English):
The BBC reports that the first task of NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars is to send back data so technicians can check to see if any systems were damaged during its rough journey.

After that, the rover's mast must be raised. Then, the software that got the vehicle to Mars must be exchanged for software that enables the robot to drive across its surface.

Perseverance's next step would be to take many pictures over the next week, as scientists seek to assess the nature of the nearby terrain.

One near-term objective will be to run a helicopter experiment. Perseverance carried with it a mini-chopper that will attempt to make the first powered flight in another world.

Only after this will the robot get on with the serious business of its mission. It will head to the vast delta feature that scientists want to analyze.

Deltas are built by rivers as they push out into a wider body of water and dump their sediment.

Scientists are hoping that, trapped in the material that built this delta, are the tell-tale signatures of past biology.

The rover will sample this sediment and test it for signs of alien life.


SOURCES: BBC, CNN, NASA, Discover Magazine, Science Mag
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56119931
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/22/world/mars-rover-new-video-images-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-reveal-new-video-images-from-mars-perseverance-rover
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/mars-skycrane-how-nasas-perseverance-rover-will-land-on-mars
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/touchdown-confirmed-perseverance-landing-marks-new-dawn-mars-science