EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – A professor on the College of Alberta is without doubt one of the scientists engaged on the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission.
Chris Herd says it has been a life-long dream to be part of one thing like this.
“Once I was 13, I acquired actually keen on geology as a result of my dad is a geologist, after which I assumed wouldn’t it’s superior to review the geology of one other planet,” Herd stated.
He made it his purpose to be there when samples come again from Mars.
“So right here we’re, we have now now landed on Mars, and that is the primary tangible step in that means of amassing, selecting, after which finally bringing again samples from Mars.”
Herd’s group, which incorporates about 15 individuals, oversees coordinating the gathering of core samples.
“One in all my jobs together with my colleagues who’re on a group as nicely is to resolve the place on Mars we’re going to pattern, trigger this rover, not like another rover earlier than it has the potential of drilling these rock cores and sealing them up in tubes and carrying them alongside.”
The rover will probably be dropping them on the pink planet’s floor for an eventual return to earth at a later date.
Herd says he’s on the group, which incorporates over 400 scientists, due to his earlier work on martian meteorites.
“We’re going to apply the totally different instruments, the devices which can be onboard the rover to discover the realm and slim down these areas the place we wish to take samples. Most significantly, the very best factor for the samples is that they’ve context, so we can have all info, together with the chemistry and mineralogy of the rocks close by the place we take the pattern.”
He provides the mission is an unbelievable factor to be aside of and watching the touchdown was astounding.
The plan is to have samples return to earth in 2031.