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The meteorite is part of the SuperCam Calibration Target (SCCT) on Perseverance. From the paper "SuperCam Calibration Targets: Design and Development": As a nod to the notion of return samples that this mission prefigures, and for outreach purposes, we have installed a ∼11×9×1.25 mm slab from a Martian meteorite (ref. North West Africa, NWA 10170) ...


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NASA plans multiple translational correction maneuvers for their spacecraft headed toward another planet. The intent of these correction maneuvers is to bring the spacecraft back on track so as to reach the intended target. NASA has become very proud of the fact that the last few correction maneuvers have been waived off; the corrections in the early ...


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I do recall reading about this very issue in a book about the Spirit & Opportunity rovers. Working on Mars: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers by William J. Clancey, paperback 2014 ISBN: 9780262526807 https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/working-mars https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt9qf8pm While not strictly "Robot Scientist&...


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Every joke has its share of a joke. Perhaps the meaning of this joke is that Perseverance performs almost all the same functions as scientists in the first stage of research (information gathering). Or perhaps we still do not know something and we are being prepared for new developments that can really largely replace scientists at certain stages of research....


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