The last photo of the Perseverance rover from orbit before the termination of communication has been published

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NASA has confirmed it will cut off communications with all spacecraft that explore Mars over the next couple of weeks while Earth and the Red Planet are on opposite sides of the Sun. This period, called conjunction, occurs every two years.

Just before that, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) space station transmitted a satellite image of the Perseverance rover, which is located in the area of ​​the Jezero crater, on the border of the Big Syrt and the Isis plain.

The last photo of the Perseverance rover from orbit before the termination of communication has been published

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been in orbit since 2006 with a mission to study the atmosphere and large-scale geology of Mars, but it is also used to support NASA, Curiosity and Perseverance spacecraft, which are engaged in research on the planet itself.

Until October 17, NASA will not be able to transmit new commands to Perseverance due to the conjunction of Mars with the Sun. At the same time, experts have already sent a set of instructions with which the rover will be able to carry out independently without the risk of damaging the equipment. Since the rover will be in place for a long time, scientists will be able, for example, to track changes in the landscape under the influence of the wind.

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