Rod joins Leo to talk about the Perseverance rover that landed on Mars this week. The rover also has onboard an autonomous helicopter drone, the first flying drone on Mars. The helicopter is also running on Linux, a first for the space program. The helicopter is designed to take five flights and give JPL a bird's eye view of the area to plan out the route for the rover to travel autonomously.
Perseverance will also have a 4K zoom camera on it that can shoot in stereo. So we're about to get some really remarkable images from the Red planet. In addition to great images, Perseverance will take soil samples that will be returned in a future mission.