When Perseverance lands on Mars in February 2021, it will begin searching for signs of livable conditions and microbial life from the ancient past. As Perseverance explores, the Maxar-built Sample Handling Assembly robotic arm will manipulate, assess, encapsulate, store and release collected Martian soil and rock samples.
The Maxar-built camera focus system, part of the SHERLOC instrument and WATSON imager, will support this effort by enabling Perseverance to identify promising samples on the surface of Mars. A future mission could potentially return collected samples to Earth.
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