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NASA ships more than 200 million kilometers towards Mars, how long is it to arrive?

Sunday, November 1, 2020, 12:00 PM (GMT + 7)

With a self-propelled robot and an unmanned aerial vehicle, NASA’s new ship will open up many new insights about Mars.

To prepare for a landing on Mars, NASA launched a probe onto the red planet three months ago. Currently, the ship has gone half way.

This ship carries a self-propelled robot called Perseverance, with a mission to explore and learn about this planet for many years. Ship departed from Florida, USA on July 30.

The mission management team at NASA announced that the ship had flown 235 million km, equivalent to half the way to Mars at 3:40 p.m. on October 28. To date, it has completed exactly half of the journey, or 235 million kilometers.

Journey of the train on the journey to discover Mars.

After the next long journey, it will fly in three months to reach Mars orbit, and conduct measurements and land. It is expected that on February 18, 2021, the ship will land on Mars to begin the research process.

The location chosen to land is the Jezero Trough. This is an area 45 km wide, used to be a large lake where water on Mars poured in. Studying the topography and geology of this region will help scientists expand their understanding of the past of this planet billions of years ago, why water disappeared here.

Perseverance self-propelled robot is about the size of a car. It is capable of studying geology, climate and looking for signs of life. This robot has 6 wheels, a robot arm with a powerful drill, capable of drilling deep into the rock layers to take samples. It could collect a lot of specimens and store them, then wait to be transported back to Earth for another mission scheduled for 2031.

In addition, the Perseverance robot also carries a small drone called Ingenuity. This is a device that will help scientists fly and explore the surface of the red planet at a wider range.

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Perseverance self-propelled robot.

According to computer information, the equipment on board still works well, especially scientific equipment. This is good news for scientists in the context that they are also working remotely due to the influence of the Covid-19 translation.

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