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The drill bit of nasa's Perseverance rover was stuck with rubble and could not take samples for the time being

via:IT之家     time:2022/1/10 15:03:29     readed:260

IT House Reported on January 10 that the sample collection of the Perseverance rover has encountered some obstacles. NASA reported that after some debris blocked the drill turntable (a device that stores drill bits and processes them internally through sample tubes), the rover stopped collecting samples.

2022 年 1 月 7 日的图像,可以看到有石块

▲ Image from January 7, 2022, stones can be seen

According to reports, the rover encountered an anomaly on December 29, 2021, but the mission team had to wait until January 6 to send an order to remove the drill bit, remove the robotic arm from the turntable and take a picture.


▲ Detailed drawing of the stone block

These fragments are rubble that falls out of the sample tube during collection, causing the drill bit to not fit neatly in the turntable. The storage of this sample tube is critical to NASA's plan to return samples to Earth.

Louise Jandura, chief sampling engineer at NASA/JPL, noted that the turntable was originally designed to run with debris. However, NASA had to clean up the debris this time, Jandura said,Operators will spend a lot of time clearing debris in a "controlled and orderly manner."

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