Perseverance rover does ‘twist’ on Mars to shake loose stuck rocks

A rapid turn and tremor eased NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars for the last two pebbles that clogged its sampling system.

The problems began during the rover sixth Red Planet rock trial, December 29th. Pebbles got stuck along the rover’s bit carousel, which sends rock samples into the spacecraft’s internal handling system for processing. After a few weeks of analysis became Perseverance rover tried to get rid of the last annoying pebbles by backing up on some nearby rocks. The rover, which lay on top of the rocks, made a twist with one foot to shake the debris loose, according to NASA.

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