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Were the distances traversed by Perseverance on Sol 718 and 719 each exactly 415.27 m or were they added together 415.27 m and if so, why?

The image above is an annotated screenshot of a part of the Perseverance location map. On the location map the white line represents the trajectory that Perseverance has traveled in Jezero crater. ...
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How to get MARS2020/Perseverance EDL trajectory data from spice kernels?

For MSL EDL it is available this answer: How to retrieve MSL EDL trajectory using Javascript and webgeocalc API? How can I adapt it to MARS2020/Perseverance?
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How is parachute cover during Mars EDL prevented from crashing onto parachute or lander upon parachute opening?

MARS2020/Perseverance footage of parachute opening shows that parachute cover ejected by the lander (together with other "things") followed same trajectory of parachute box, until parachute ...
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When the Mars 2020 and Mars Science Laboratory missions were in deep space, what antennas did they have available to communicate with Earth?

This thorough answer to Did the Curiosity and Perseverance rover brains do the driving from Earth to Mars? explains that during deep space flight the rovers' computers were doing most of the thinking ...
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How much oxygen can MOXIE produce?

So MOXIE is using solid oxide electrolysis to produce Oxygen. I assume the amount of oxygen MOXIE can produce is limited so how much can it produce before the solid oxide electrolyzer cell stops ...
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How did the Ingenuity helicopter clear tests even without being deployed on Mars?

It looks like the Ingenuity helicopter is not yet deployed. NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter clears tests, inches closer to historic first flight in April Source So how did the Ingenuity helicopter ...
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Why did NASA release Perseverance (rover) videos with a stop motion effect?

This is the video released by Perseverance (rover): Why did NASA release Perseverance (rover) videos with a stop motion effect?
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Why didn't Ingenuity (helicopter) deploy immediately right after rover landing?

Part of NASA's Mars 2020 mission, Ingenuity is planned for deployment in April 2021, about 60 days after landing with the rover Perseverance in the crater Jezero at Octavia E. Butler Landing on 18 ...
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Did the Curiosity and Perseverance rover brains do the driving from Earth to Mars?

This interesting answer to Why did NASA intentionally crash-land the Curiosity and Perseverance sky cranes on Mars? leads me to wonder if the Curiosity and Perseverance rover computers were in charge ...
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Did the Mars 2020 Mission do any science that wasn't done by Perseverance proper?

Per answers to What is the equivalent of Curiosity's "MSL" in the context of Perseverance? What's the official name of the mission? Are the distinctions similar? Where does MSL end ...