The Perseverance rover from the Mars 2020 mission received wheels and a parachute that will help the rover make a soft landing on the surface of the Red Planet. This is stated in a message from NASA.
The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission is due to be launched in July 2020. It is assumed that the lander with rovers will land on the planet in the summer of 2021. It will include two rovers, the likely landing site of which will be the Sirte Plateau and the Jesero Crater, located 28 km from each other.
Research vehicles will have to take soil samples in the vicinity of the landing sites to determine if microbes have living conditions on Mars. Recently installed wheels on the rover and parachute will allow the device to make a soft landing on the surface of the Red Planet. The weight of the parachute is 88 kg, and its area is not less than 21 m.
Among the devices onboard the rover – 23 cameras, two microphones that will allow him to listen to Martian winds, and lasers, they will be used for chemical analysis of the soil. In addition, in March 2020, NASA scientists installed the latest scientific tools for Perseverance.