Timeline of Mars 2020
The Mars 2020 mission and its rover, Perseverance, and helicopter Ingenuity, were launched from Earth on 30 July 2020. As of January 16, 2022, Perseverance has been on the planet Mars for 322 sols (332 total days; 332 days) since landing on 18 February 2021. Current weather data on Mars is being gathered by the Curiosity rover and the Insight lander. The Perseverance rover will also collect weather data. (See the last section External links)
Overview of mission
- 4 December 2012: Mars 2020 mission announced by NASA.
- 8–10 February 2017: Workshop held to discuss eight proposed landing sites for the mission. The three sites chosen were Jezero crater, Northeastern Syrtis Major Planum, and Columbia Hills.
- 30 July 2020: Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral.
Landing and initial tests (February–May 2021)
After arriving on the 18th of February, Perseverance focused on validating its systems. During this phase, it used its science instruments for the first time, generated oxygen on Mars with MOXIE, and deployed Ingenuity. Ingenuity began the technology demonstration phase of its mission, completing five flights before transitioning to the operations demonstration phase of its mission.
- 18 February 2021: Landing in Jezero crater on Mars
- 4 March 2021: Perseverance rover's first test drive.
- 5 March 2021: NASA named the Perseverance rover landing site "Octavia E. Butler Landing".
- 3 April 2021: Deployment of Ingenuity
- 8 April 2021: NASA reported the first MEDA weather report on Mars: for 3–4 April 2021, the high was "minus-7.6 degrees, and a low of minus-117.4 degrees ... [winds] gusting to ... 22 mph".
- 19 April 2021: First major flight test of Ingenuity
- 20 April 2021: MOXIE made 5.37 g of oxygen gas from carbon dioxide on its first test on Mars
- 22 April 2021: Second flight test of Ingenuity
- 25 April 2021: Third flight test of Ingenuity
- 30 April 2021: Fourth flight test of Ingenuity.
- 7 May 2021: Fifth flight test of Ingenuity. First one-way flight on Mars. Ingenuity's mission transitions from being a technology demonstration to being an operations demonstration.
- 22 May 2021: Sixth flight test of Ingenuity, first of the operations demonstration. A glitch with the navigation system caused the helicopter to land 5 meters away from its intended landing site.
Cratered floor campaign (June 2021-present)
The Cratered Floor Campaign was the first science campaign. It began on 1 June 2021, with the goal of exploring the Crater Floor Fractured Rough and Séítah geologic units. To avoid the sand dunes of the Séítah unit, Perseverance will mostly travel within the Crater Floor Fractured Rough geologic unit or along the boundary between the two units. The first of Perseverance's sample tubes are planned to be filled during this expedition.
After collecting the samples, Perseverance will return to its landing site, before continuing north for its second science campaign. At some point, it will store the filled sample tubes in a designated area for the upcoming Mars sample-return mission. While Perseverance is embarking on its first science campaign, Ingenuity will continue to travel alongside the rover as part of its operations demonstration campaign.
- 1 June 2021: Perseverance begins its first science campaign.
- 8 June 2021: Seventh flight of Ingenuity.
- 21 June 2021: Eighth flight of Ingenuity. The “watchdog issue”, a recurring issue which occasionally prevented Ingenuity from taking flight, is fixed.
- 5 July 2021: Ninth flight of Ingenuity. This flight is the first to explore areas only an aerial vehicle can, by taking a shortcut over the Séítah unit. The sandy ripples of the Séítah unit would prove too difficult for Perseverance to travel through directly.
- 7 July 2021: To test its sampling system, the rover ran one sample tube through inspection, sealing and storing and the attempt was successful. Up to this point, the rover has now used 1 of its 43 sample tubes.
- 24 July 2021: Tenth flight of Ingenuity.
- 4 August 2021: Eleventh flight of Ingenuity.
- 5-6 August 2021: Perseverance attempted to acquire its first sample from the ancient lakebed by drilling out "finger-size cores of Martian rock for return to Earth." This attempt did not succeed, as the rock sampled was not sufficiently consolidated to produce an intact core and has turned to dust. Up to this point, the rover has now used 2 of its 43 sample tubes. Later on, the mission team confirmed that though soil samples were not cached, but in this process the rover cached the gas samples of the martian atmosphere in it, being the first gas samples cached by the rover.
- 16 August 2021: Twelfth flight of Ingenuity.
- 1 September 2021: A second sampling attempt on a rock, named "Rochette", was successful.
- 4 September 2021: Thirteenth flight of Ingenuity.
- 8 September 2021: A third sampling attempt, also on Rochette, was successful.
- 1 to 14 October 2021: Mars Solar Conjunction.
- 24 October 2021: Fourteenth flight of Ingenuity.
- 6 November 2021: Fifteen flight of Ingenuity.
- 21 November 2021: Sixteenth flight of Ingenuity.
- 5 December 2021: Seventeenth flight of Ingenuity. Full data from the flight was not received until later, as Ingenuity initially landed in an area which prevented communication with the rover.
Samples cached for the Mars sample-return mission
In the frame of the Mars sample-return mission around 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) of soil samples along with some Martian gas samples from the atmosphere will be cached. Currently, samples are being cached by Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover on the surface of Mars. Out of 43 sample tubes, soil sample tubes cached-5, gas sample tubes cached-1, witness tubes cached-1, tubes due to be cached-36. Before launch, 5 of the 43 tubes were designated “witness tubes” and filled with materials that would capture particulates in the ambient environment of Mars.
|Samples Taken||Date||Contents||Sample Name||Rock Name||Location||Notes|
|Sample Attempt 1||7 July 2021||Witness Tube||N/A||N/A||North Séítah Unit||This was taken as a dry-run in preparation for later sampling attempts, and did not aim to sample a rock.|
|Sample Attempt 2||5 August 2021||Atmospheric Gas||N/A||Roubion||Cratered Floor Fractured Rough Unit||Attempted to sample the rock but did not succeed|
|Sample Attempt 3||1 September 2021||Soil Sample||Montdenier||Rochette||Citadelle, Cratered Floor Fractured Rough Unit||First successful sample|
|Sample Attempt 4||8 September 2021||Soil Sample||Montagnac||Rochette||Citadelle, Cratered Floor Fractured Rough Unit||Sampled from same rock as previous.|
|Sample Attempt 5||15 November 2021||Soil Sample||Salette||Brac||Brac Outcrop, South Séítah Unit|
|Sample Attempt 6||15 November 2021||Soil Sample||Coulettes||Brac||Brac Outcrop, South Séítah Unit|
|Sample Attempt 7||18 December 2021||Soil Sample||Robine||Issole||Issole, South Séítah Unit|
Location and Current Status
Ingenuity helicopter flight path and Perseverance Traverse Path showing their current locations. Live link
This section contains an unencyclopedic or excessive gallery of images.
Mars Perseverance rover - drive view
(1 July 2021)
Perseverance rover on Mars
SHERLOC calibration target
Ingenuity helicopter's flights on Mars
Ingenuity helicopter on Mars
Ingenuity deployment and pre-flight operations on Mars
HiRISE image of Perseverance descent
Top of rover with "Family Portrait" (B+W)
"Family Portrait" decal close-up (with text labels added)
MOXIE first Martian oxygen production test on April 20, 2021, graph
The full-scale engineering model of NASA's Perseverance rover, OPTIMISM Rover[f]
- Composition of Mars
- Curiosity rover
- Exploration of Mars
- Geography of Mars
- Geology of Mars
- InSight lander
- List of missions to Mars
- List of rocks on Mars
- Mars Exploration Rover
- Mars Express orbiter
- Mars Odyssey Orbiter
- Mars Orbiter Mission
- Mars Pathfinder (Sojourner rover)
- Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
- Mars 2020 rover mission
- MAVEN orbiter
- Moons of Mars
- Phoenix lander
- Robotic spacecraft
- Scientific information from the Mars Exploration Rover mission
- Space exploration
- Timeline of Mars Science Laboratory
- U.S. Space Exploration History on U.S. Stamps
- Viking program
- Water on Mars
- Aerial image by the helicopter Ingenuity
- All images taken by Ingenuity are taken from black-and-white downward-facing navigation camera or horizon-facing terrain camera
- Ingenuity legs are seen clearly on the corners of the each image
- Perseverance rover wheels are clearly seen in top corners
- Please see the difference between the image on high-speed spin up test and the one on sol 48, that is the image on sol 48 has the upper blade in diagonal position while the high-speed spin up test has lower blade in diagonal position
- note the diffference it is on earth and run by electric cables, while perseverance is on mars run by MMRTG
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