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A Lap Around the Sun: Perseverance Celebrates One Martian Year at Jezero
Mars Perseverance Sol 670 - Left Mastcam-Z Camera: A view of Hawksbill Gap and the future traverse path of the Perseverance rover. Following completion of sample depot activities at “Three Forks,” Perseverance will ascend the delta here to begin the mission’s next science campaign. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS. Download image ›

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover used its Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering camera (WATSON) camera to acquire this image of the Bearwallow sample tube following its drop on sol 675 (January 12th, 2023).
Bearwallow Sample Tube: NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover used its Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering camera (WATSON) camera to acquire this image of the Bearwallow sample tube following its drop on sol 675 (January 12th, 2023). This was the seventh sample dropped of the ten to be included in the contingency cache at “Three Forks.” Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Download image ›

Happy one Martian year at Jezero! Perseverance and the team recently celebrated one Mars year (668 sols or 687 Earth days) on the Red Planet while continuing to offload some of our sample tubes at the “Three Forks” depot location. The celebration also marked the end of our prime mission at Jezero as we transition into our extended mission phase and set our sights on the delta top. It has been a fitting celebration and end to our prime mission, as each sample tube we drop is a souvenir that jogs the memory and reminds us of all we have accomplished thus far at Jezero. It seems like only yestersol we got our first glimpse of our new home at the Octavia E. Butler landing site, collected our first rock sample at Rochette, or rolled up to the delta front pondering what ancient mysteries these rocks may hold.

This SuperCam Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) image shows the Frazer Lake target at the “Three Forks” sample depot location.
Mars Perseverance Sol 669 - SuperCam Camera: This SuperCam Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) image shows the Frazer Lake target at the “Three Forks” sample depot location. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/IRAP. Download image ›

While our main priority at the depot area has been building the contingency sample cache, the team has managed to continue collecting valuable science. We have been using our remote sensing payload, including the SuperCam and Mastcam-Z instruments, to characterize the diversity of rocks around the rover and conduct longer distance observations of the delta outcrops. We have also been conducting our standard atmospheric observations to monitor the Jezero environment in addition to documenting wind-driven changes in dust and sand around the sample cache.

Following the upcoming completion of the 10th and final sample tube drop at “Three Forks,” Perseverance will start its ascent of the Jezero delta through Hawksbill Gap to begin our next science campaign. The team has been deep in discussions planning our future traverse and observations that will continue to elucidate the geologic history of Jezero crater. The rocks at the delta top will provide important clues into the nature and timing of ancient watery environments and a record of sediments washed down from the crater rim and beyond. With the prime mission behind us, we are eager to build upon our previous explorations at Jezero and see what new adventures and stories the next Martian year will bring.



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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
  • Matthew Brand
    SuperCam/ChemCam Engineer, Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos Alamos National Laboratory
  • 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
  • Stephanie Connell
    SuperCam, PhD Student, Purdue University
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Alyssa Deardorff
    Systems Engineer, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Kenneth Farley
    Project Scientist, Caltech
    Pasadena, CA
  • Phylindia Gant
    Mars 2020 Student Collaborator, University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL
  • Brad Garczynski
    Student Collaborator, Purdue University
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Erin Gibbons
    Student Collaborator, McGill University
    Montreal, Canada
  • Michael Hecht
    Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) Principal Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Westford, MA
  • Louise Jandura
    Chief Engineer for Sampling & Caching, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Elisha Jhoti
    Ph.D. Student, University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Bavani Kathir
    Student Collaborator on Mastcam-Z, Western Washington University
  • Lydia Kivrak
    Student Collaborator, University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL
  • Rachel Kronyak
    Systems Engineer, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Steven Lee
    Perseverance Deputy Project Manager, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • An Li
    Student Collaborator on PIXL, University of Washington
  • Justin Maki
    Imaging Scientist and Mastcam-Z Deputy Principal Investigator, NASA/JPL
  • Forrest Meyen
    MOXIE Science Team Member, Lunar Outpost
  • Sarah Milkovich
    Assistant Science Manager, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Eleanor Moreland
    Ph.D. Student, Rice University
    Houston, Texas
  • Matt Muszynski
    Vehicle Systems Engineer, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Claire Newman
    Atmospheric Scientist, Aeolis Research
    Altadena, CA
  • Avi Okon
    Sampling Operations Deputy Lead, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • 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
  • Kathryn Stack
    Deputy Project Scientist, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Vivian Sun
    Science Operations Systems Engineer, Staff Scientist, NASA/JPL
    Pasadena, CA
  • Iona (Brockie) Tirona
    Sampling Engineer, 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
    Pasadena, CA
  • Roger Wiens
    Principal Investigator, SuperCam / Co-Investigator, SHERLOC instrument, Purdue University
    West Lafayette, IN

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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