See for yourself the mind-blowing images from the Perseverance Rover

Who else was sitting on the edge of their seat at 8pm GMT time on Thursday 18th February? Watching the Mars Rover Perseverance finally landing safely on the Red Planet! We certainly were.

This is what it’s all about for us. Being amazed by out-of-the-world technology going where no other man has gone before. Knowing that this is only possible through world-class designing, engineering and manufacturing. This is what we live and breathe.

Patiently waiting for never-been-seen-before footage

Now we will excitedly watch the rest of the Mars 2020 mission which will take approximately one Mars year (about 687 Earth days) in total. We can watch the Perseverance Rover discover parts of Mars that has never-been-seen-before. Have you seen the spectacular photos yet? Take a look at the mind-blowing images here. It’s amazing to think that this advanced exploration vehicle is roaming the vast landscape of the 45km Jezero Crater on Mars right now. What footage will it gather with its 23 cameras? What audio will it record with its two microphones? Which samples will it retrieve with its robotic arms? Will it actually find signs of life?

A little throwback

Seven months ago in July 2020, Perseverance was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on the Atlas V-541 rocket with two main goals: to seek signs of ancient life and collect samples of rock and regolith. These samples will hopefully return to Earth in 2026 with an Earth Return Vehicle. Can you imagine the type of futuristic technology and equipment that is needed to complete this type of mission? The work that goes into designing, engineering and building the Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter? The work that goes in to developing the multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator that converts heat from the natural radioactive decay of plutonium into electrical power. And the amount of testing to 100% guarantee that it will never fail under any circumstances. We do!

The arteries that brought the Mars Rover to life

The intelligence. Expertise. Experience. People. Data. Extreme testing and validation. We appreciate the ten years of work going into this advanced technology. We know, as we also designed in an early phase and manufactured our Hybrid hoses (smooth bore and stainless steel outer hose) for the Mars Rover in 2016. Specially designed for vibration free fluid transport in a vacuum environment. And now part of “the arteries that brought this machinery to life”.

At CoreDux, we are particularly intrigued to see the seven new instruments in action. Including the Supercam Laser Micro Imager, PIXL X-ray Spectrometer and SHERLOC Ultraviolet Spectrometer. Not forgetting the Mastcam-Z Panoramic cameras, RIMEFAX Subsurface radar, MEDA Weather Station and most importantly the new Moxie system to generate oxygen – will this last one be the gamechanger for future missions for humans?

Good luck!

So from all of us at CoreDux: We wish the Mars 2020 mission every success and we will continue to sit on the edge of our seats hoping to see the first signs of ancient life on Mars. Good luck Perseverance – we will be following you all the way!

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