Mars Perseverance Rover  Shoot with Laser

Picks Its Own Prize Rocks to

The Mighty Machine

Is searching out each sample's elemental composition in the ongoing search for ancient life.

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.

Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator

"Normally, when the rover team picks the targets, the observations are not made until the following day,"

Roger Wiens Said

In A Statement, "If Perseverance picks its own targets, it can shoot them right after a drive.

Perseverance's Software For Target

Selection is called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS), developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California

Russia Launches New  Space Station

Progress 81 Cargo Ship to