19 February 2021

Systems and Instrumentation

Successful landing of Mars 2020 Perseverance & Winlight's mirrors

On February 18, 2021, (Paris Time), after seven months and a 490-million-kilometre journey, NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter landed unscathed on the Jezero crater, with the SuperCam instrument and Winlight's optical components aboard.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Launched last July  from Cape Canaveral in Florida, United-States, Mars 2020 is a space mission dedicated to the observation of the Red Planet.

The Perseverance rover is composed of 7 instruments, including SuperCam, which is the result of a partnership between French, Spanish and American researchers and engineers. Consisting in three spectrometers, one camera and one microphone, SuperCam will survey the chemistry and mineralogy of Martian rocks and soil, as well as the composition of the atmosphere, in order to detect signs of active, ancient or dormant microbial life.

It is the second time that Winlight's expertise is applied to the study of Mars, through the design and supply of mirrors integrated into high-performance scientific instruments. Congratulations to the teams!

 

>>  More information on the mission and Winlight's participation in the SuperCam project

>> Watch the rover's successful landing:  the “7 minutes of terror” start at 01:32:27.