Incredible satellite photo captures tiny Perseverance rover on Mars ahead of nail biting weeks-long shutdown

NASA is having to stand down from its Mars missions for the next few weeks.

The news comes as its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently captured a striking image of the Perseverance rover looking like a tiny speck on the planet's surface.


The Reconnaissance Orbiter caught the rover in the South Séítah region of the Jezero Crater where it recently took a rock sample.

Both pieces of equipment and some of Nasa's other Mars spacecraft will stop receiving commands for the next few weeks.

This is because of the biennial Mars solar conjunction.

It means Earth and Mars are on opposite sides of the Sun and can't 'see' each other so communication is obstructed.

Ionised gas emitted from the Sun is to blame for this as it can obstruct radio signals.

Nasa has explained that commands will stop for most missions between this coming Saturday and October 16.

This doesn't mean that the space tech will stop collecting data though.

Nasa's Perseverance rover will still be collecting things like weather measurements and using its cameras to look for dust devils.

Roy Gladden, manager of the Mars Relay Network at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), said: "Though our Mars missions won’t be as active these next few weeks, they’ll still let us know their state of health.

"Each mission has been given some homework to do until they hear from us again."

In other news, three entirely new lifeforms were recently discovered at different locations onboard the International Space Station.

Nasa has announced that it is accepting applications for wannabe space explorers who wish to fire their names to the Red Planet.

And, the Perseverance Mars rover has revealed stunning video and audio recordings from the surface of the Red Planet.

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