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Mars Perseverance Rover

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Owner:
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Released:
Tuesday, 21 July 2020
Origin:
Florida, United States
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Geocaching and NASA head to Mars with the Perseverance Rover

Mars 2020 is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. This specific mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key questions about the potential for life there. On the day/sol when the rover landed on Mars, Geocaching HQ launched this page about Perseverance and Geocaching's history with regards to space: 

geocaching.com/promos/perseverance

 

Perseverance has four main science goals:

  • Determine whether life ever arose on Mars
  • Characterize the climate of Mars
  • Characterize the geology of Mars
  • Prepare for human exploration

Timeline:

  • July 30, 2020: launch with an Atlas V-541 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
  • February 18, 2021 / Sol 0: arrival at Octavia E. Butler Landing in Jezero Crater, Mars
  • March 17, 2021 / Sol 26: photograph taken on Mars and sent to Earth! By logging the trackable, you immediately earn a new souvenir for your profile to celebrate the first interplanetary trackable.

About This Item

Signal the Frog with Perseverance at the lab

Thanks to the Mars 2020 SHERLOC instrument team at Johnson Space Center, the newest mission to Mars contains a tracking code, truly taking geocaching out of this world!

The trackable code is specially printed on a one-inch, unique, glass disk that is part of the rover’s calibration target. See the picture below. Cameras and other tools on the rover use calibration targets to determine accurate colors, brightness, focus, and other information. This calibration target is specifically for the SHERLOC’s WATSON camera. The SHERLOC instrument is a spectrometer on the rover’s arm that uses laser light to classify minerals and look for organic compounds. WATSON, its sidekick camera system, is used for engineering, operations and science imaging on the surface of Mars.

How can I log this trackable if I’m not also going to Mars?

If you’re not blasting off anytime soon, don’t worry. You’ll still be able to log the Mars Rover.

The tracking code is on the WATSON camera’s calibration target. After Perseverance lands on Mars and NASA does a few other tasks, that camera takes a picture of the tracking code itself and sends that picture back to Earth. You can log the Rover by finding the code in that picture. 

Look through NASA’s raw images. Can you find the image of our trackable item in that large gallery? Be sure to filter for pictures taken by SHERLOC and WATSON.

Please note that Geocaching HQ is giving explicit permission as the owner to log this trackable virtually.

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Discovered It 02/24/2021 TeamMindy discovered it   Visit Log

geloggt.. zwar nicht vor Ort, aber geloggt 🤪

Discovered It 02/24/2021 mr.magic discovered it   Visit Log

Woooow, that’s amazing.
A trackable on Mars.
We are in the future now.
Much success for Perseverance and all its missions.
Greetings from Earth,
mr.magic

Discovered It 02/24/2021 Chermin8er discovered it   Visit Log

Beam me up Scotty !

Discovered It 02/24/2021 Mrs.Snail26 discovered it   Visit Log

That was quite a landing - let‘s see if there is life on Mars.
Great idea!

Discovered It 02/24/2021 demon999 discovered it   Visit Log

Brilliant!

Discovered It 02/24/2021 jule86 discovered it   Visit Log

Hallo. Ich bin ein Mensch aus Dresden und hab diesen TB beim Spaziergang entdeckt.

Discovered It 02/24/2021 Matzestrikesback discovered it   Visit Log

Heute Morgen beim Spaziergang auf dem Mars dieses Spielzeug von der Spezies Mensch entdeckt.

Discovered It 02/24/2021 Shodakzii discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered

Discovered It 02/24/2021 H8D3Team discovered it   Visit Log

Finally 😊

Discovered It 02/24/2021 H8D3Team discovered it   Visit Log

Finally !

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