The US rover has landed on a rocky outcrop near the South African border, the first time it has done so in over two years.
Key points:The rover landed at about 6:30am local time on Thursday, a time that is around two hours ahead of the rover’s scheduled rendezvous with the rover that landed there on October 19, 2016The rover has been searching for clues to the location of the South American country that hosts the South PoleIn the past, the rover has circled around South Africa every few days in search of clues to a possible location.
This is the first successful landing on a suitable location in the South Atlantic since the vehicle landed in May this year.
The rover, nicknamed the Charan, is carrying the latest version of the lander, called a Philae, on its mission to the South America-bound South Pole.
The lander was launched on October 14, 2016, and arrived at the South Cape on October 21, 2016.
Philae, the company that sent the landers Philae and Phobos back to the surface of Mars in 2018, has not been seen since October 2016, when the two landed on the South Africa-Brazil border.
The US mission was supposed to last at least two years, but the two landers were eventually pushed back to 2020 after Philae had an engine problem.
After a period of uncertainty, NASA said on Wednesday that the landing would be confirmed.
The mission has been a significant milestone for NASA and the US space agency, which is currently focused on exploring the moon and Mars.NASA’s mission to send a robotic probe to Mars is called the Mars 2020 rover.
The mission is the most ambitious in human history, with a goal of sending humans to Mars by the end of the 2030s.NASA, which will send the landering robot to the Mars surface by 2020, has been struggling with the issues of power and cooling since the first Philae lander failed in September 2020.
The mission, which was supposed see a return to Earth in 2023, is now more than a decade away.
Philae landed in August 2017 on a plateau in the Atacama Desert in Chile.
It was carrying a variety of equipment including cameras, a lander to probe rocks, and a camera to record the atmosphere.
Its mission ended in December 2019 when the land and batteries ran out, leading to the loss of the Philae mission.
Earlier this month, Nasa announced the landing of a land-based version of its Mars rover, the Spirit, on a patch of ground at the edge of the Atapuerca desert.