NASA engineers received the first weather report from Mars’ Jezero Crater, which the agency’s Perseverance rover landed in February.
The rover’s Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) system sends feedback on atmospheric conditions to be used to inform future efforts.
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Once measured, the rover team determined that surface temperatures on the red planet were below minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit when the MEDA system began recording on February 19, one day after landing.
The temperature dropped to 14 degrees Fahrenheit in half an hour, according to Tuesday̵7;s revelations.
Additionally, MEDA’s radiation and dust sensors showed that the crater was experiencing a clearer atmosphere than the Martian crater 2,300 miles away.
They compared the readings using reports from the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) aboard NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed inside Gale Crater in November 2011.
The pressure sensor MEDA also noted that the pressure in March was in the predictable range of 718 pascals.
While NASA has a relative understanding of the Martian climate. But it also received data from the InSight lander (TWINS) thermostats and temperature regulator (TWINS) forecasts for dust storms and dust lifts will aid future exploration.
Over the next year, MEDA will provide NASA readings of solar radiation intensity, cloud and wind formation, dust and heat flux cycles, and temperature cycles.
MEDA with environmental sensors wakes itself up every hour for additional recording, independent of perseverance action.
It can record temperatures at three altitudes and record the radiation budget near the surface.
“We are thrilled to see MEDA perform well,” Manuel de la Torre Juárez, MEDA deputy principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement.
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“The MEDA report will provide a better picture of the near-surface environment. Data from MEDA and other instrumental experiments will reveal more mysteries on Mars and help prepare human exploration. Information will help make our designs stronger and Our mission is safer, ”he added.
Over the next few days, NASA will use MEDA to determine the best atmospheric flight conditions for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.
Intelligence is due to phased out no later than April 11 after surviving the first frosty Martian night.