Pew pew! Perseverance rover on Mars picks its own prize rocks to shoot with laser

NASA is hailing the Perseverance rover’s improved ability to pick its own targets as a way of speeding up science on Mars.

Without explicit direction from Earth, the Perseverance rover zapped two rock targets with its SuperCam instrument on Sol 442 (May 18) to learn more about their elemental compositions, mission scientists said in an update Tuesday (May 31) about the Mars mission.



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