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FMI and Vaisala meteorological devices onboard the NASA Perseverance rover are ready for measurements

MEDA HS is attached to the Perseverance mast (tube in the middle bottom). Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Both of the FMI/Vaisala meteorological devices onboard the NASA Perseverance rover have been checked and they are ready for scientific measurements.

After landing, the rover instruments were alternately switched on for a moment to see that they were in working order. In addition, the camera mast where the FMI/Vaisala humidity device is attached was deployed. In the next coming days, the rover software for surface operations on Mars will be updated”, explains Maria Genzer, head of Planetary Research and Space Technology Group at the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

We have received short measurements from both the MEDA HS humidity device and the MEDA PS pressure device. Both worked perfectly as expected. Landing is a really rough experience for the measuring devices and it is great to get confirmation that everything was fine”, says research engineer Maria Hieta.

More information:

Maria Genzer, Head of Planetary Research and Space Technology Group, Finnish Meteorological Institute , +358 29 539 4724, maria.genzer@fmi.fi

Maria Hieta, Research Engineer, Finnish Meteorological Institute
 +358 29 539 2063, maria.hieta@fmi.fi

Miia Lahti, Communications Manager, Vaisala
 +358 50 555 4420, comms@vaisala.com

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