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Sampling Strategy for the Delta Front Campaign
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving.
Mars Perseverance Sol 439 - Right Navigation Camera: Navcam image looking behind the rover along our drive path. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
The past few weeks have been exciting ones for Perseverance’s science team. At the “Enchanted Lake” site, we took our first look at what appear to be some of the bottommost sedimentary layers that make up the Jezero crater delta. Since then, we’ve re-traced our steps back towards “Three Forks” and have begun the ascent of the delta near “Hawksbill Gap.” It’s along this Hawksbill Gap route wh...
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Next Stop: Hawksbill Gap
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving.
An afternoon on Mars: NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover used its Right Navigation Camera (Navcam) to acquire this image after driving on sol 428. The view is behind the rover towards the south, and the edge of the Kodiak mound is visible on the left side of the image. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
Perseverance was on the move this past week after finishing up remote science activities at Enchanted Lake, an exposure of finely layered rocks that may represent some of the lowest deposits of the delta. The rover threaded its way east around large sandy dune ripples before heading north enroute to Hawksbill Gap, where the team hopes to collect our first set of delta samples and eventually asc...
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To Sample or Not to Sample
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving.
Jezero Crater's Delta Is Getting Closer: Mastcam-Z panorama of the Jezero delta acquired during rapid traverse towards the delta front. Perseverance is currently exploring the area on the left side of this image, which is where Hawksbill Gap is located. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS. Full image and caption ​›
One of the prime objectives of the Perseverance mission is to collect a diverse cache of rock samples for eventual return to Earth. Among the highest priority rocks to sample are those that make up the well-preserved delta located on the western side of Jezero crater. This delta was one of the key attributes that made this landing site so appealing for the search for ancient Martian life. Close...
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Campaign #2: The Delta Front
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving.
Perseverance looks towards the Delta on Sol 419, capturing this image with its Right Navigation Camera Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
This week on Mars, Perseverance officially began the “Delta Front Campaign.” This second campaign of the mission commenced on April 18th, 2022, the 415th sol since landing. Each campaign represents a sub-portion of the Mars 2020 mission and is dedicated to exploring a distinct region, drilling designated sets of cores for possible future return to Earth, and taking numerous in situ science obse...
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We’ve Arrived! Perseverance Starts the Delta Front Campaign
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving.
Mars Perseverance Sol 411 - Left Mastcam-Z Camera: This image, captured by the Mastcam-Z instrument, is part of a mosaic acquired of the delta front. The geometry of the layers and size of the grains that make up these rocks can tell us about the history of the delta. This image was acquired on April 16, 2022 (Sol 411) at the local mean solar time of 09:39:36. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU. Download image ›
We made it! Perseverance is at the delta, and gracing us with stunning images to pour over. Mars 2020 is officially out of “Rapid Traverse” mode, where we put the pedal to the metal and focused on driving. This week, we are back to standard operations, and the team is beginning our Delta Front Campaign. You can check out last week’s blog for details on why exploring the delta is so exciting....
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Perseverance at the Delta
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving.
Mars Perseverance Sol 388 - Right Mastcam-Z Camera: NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Right Mastcam-Z camera. Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover's mast. This image was acquired on March 24, 2022 (Sol 388) at the local mean solar time of 08:08:28. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU. Download image ›
Last week’s blog talked about the rapid traverse of Perseverance to the Delta. This weeks blog entry will talk about the Delta itself, and why it is something worth rapidly traversing towards! The prospect of the delta for me is that every day will be full of excitement and could bring anything. Let me explain that a bit further. On a space mission like M2020 you get used an exciting timelin...
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Digging Into Drill Data
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving.
Mars Perseverance Sol 374 - Front Right Hazard Avoidance Camera: The turret, halfway through sampling the second core from the rock Sid this March.  During the drive to the delta, the sampling team is reviewing data from this and all previous drilling operations. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
Drilling is on hold while the rover focuses on driving, so the sampling team is off studying the data we have acquired so far.  What kind of information do we get from the drill, and how do the rocks we have drilled so far compare to each other?  One of the first things we look at is how difficult it was for the drill to make progress through the rock.  The rover has a rotary percussive dril...
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Making Tracks to the Delta
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving.
Mars Perseverance Sol 388 - Right Navigation Camera: Image acquired on March 24, 2022 (Sol 388) at the local mean solar time of 15:50:05 by the Right Navigation Camera (Navcam), showing the back of the rover and its wheel tracks. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
Perseverance is in a drive campaign going faster than any previous rover. How fast, you may ask? Its actual speed is just under a tenth of a mile per hour, but it’s faster than its predecessors. It is making comparatively rapid progress by devoting several hours per day to driving on very smooth terrain. That has allowed Perseverance to break previous rovers’ records for the distance traveled i...
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Sample Tally for the Crater Floor Campaign
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving.
Mars Perseverance Sol 377 - Left Mastcam-Z Camera: Mastcam-Z image of Perseverance’s most recent rock core sample named ‘Atsah,’ the final sample of our crater floor collection. Mastcam-Z acquired this image just prior to the rock core being transferred to the Adaptive Caching Assembly (ACA) for processing. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU. Download image ›
Perseverance has spent a little over one Earth year in Jezero crater. In the last week, the team reached a very special milestone as we officially completed our first science campaign focused on the Jezero crater floor. During our crater floor campaign, we kept Perseverance busy! As we learned more about our surroundings, we characterized the rocks that make up the crater floor into two form...
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Drilling into Mars with Lasers
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving.
Mars Perseverance Sol 376 - Left Mastcam-Z Camera: MastCam-Z image of a rock informally names Sid. The purple patch we ‘drilled’ into lies in the lower left-hand corner.  Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU. Download image ›
Perseverance is adding a pop of color to Mars’ regular repertoire: purple. The color palette of Mars’ surface is one of muted hues. Burnt orange tones reflect the iron-bearing minerals that have rusted under an oxidizing atmosphere while soft greys characterize the un-rusted parent rock. However, over the past year we have seen prominent patches of purple peppered atop the rocks. The patc...
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About This Blog

These blog updates are provided by self-selected Mars 2020 mission team members who love to share what Perseverance is doing with the public.

Dates of planned rover activities described in these blogs are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.

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Contributors+

  • Mariah Baker
    Planetary Scientist, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
    Washington, DC
  • Iona Brockie
    Sampling Engineer, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Sawyer Brooks
    Docking Systems Engineer, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Adrian Brown
    Deputy Program Scientist, NASA HQ
    Washington, DC
  • Denise Buckner
    Student Collaborator, University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL
  • Fred Calef III
    Mapping Specialist, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Alyssa Deardorff
    Systems Engineer, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Kenneth Farley
    Project Scientist, Caltech
    Pasadena, CA
  • Phylindia Gant
    Mars 2020 Student Collaborator, University of Florida
  • Brad Garczynski
    Student Collaborator, Purdue University
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Erin Gibbons
    Student Collaborator, McGill University
    Montreal, Canada
  • Louise Jandura
    Chief Engineer for Sampling & Caching, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Lydia Kivrak
    Student Collaborator, University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL
  • Rachel Kronyak
    Systems Engineer, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Matt Muszynski
    Vehicle Systems Engineer, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Avi Okon
    Sampling Operations Deputy Lead, NASA/JPL
  • Pegah Pashai
    Vehicle Systems Engineer Lead, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • David Pedersen
    Co-Investigator, PIXL Instrument, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Eleni Ravanis
    Student Collaborator, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
    Honolulu, HI
  • Vivian Sun
    Science Operations Systems Engineer, Staff Scientist, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Jennifer Trosper
    Project Manager, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Vandi Verma
    Chief Engineer for Robotic Operations, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Rick Welch
    Deputy Project Manager, NASA/JPL
  • Roger Wiens
    Principal Investigator, SuperCam / Co-Investigator, SHERLOC instrument, LANL
    Los Alamos, NM

Tools on the Perseverance Rover+

The Perseverance rover has tools to study the history of its landing site, seek signs of ancient life, collect rock and soil samples, and help prepare for human exploration of Mars. The rover carries:


CAMERAS & SPECTROMETERS
GROUND-PENETRATING RADAR
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSORS
TECHNOLOGY DEMO
SAMPLE COLLECTION

Where is the Rover?

Image of a rover pin-point at Perseverance's location on Mars, Jezero Crater

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