In this episode, the Ingenuity helicopter finds eerie spacecraft wreckage, then loses contact with the rover.
Meanwhile, Perseverance spots a bright object and finally reaches the towering delta face.
This video is part of a series documenting the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter.
Every 3 months It s Sol 359, and Perseverance finds itself surrounded by rocks.
The rover turns around and looks the other way, drawing the same conclusion – more rocks.
Upon closer inspection, some of the rocks turn out to be quite interesting.
In this one, a large crack can be seen, And look at the layering beneath this rock.
It s almost like something you d see from a stream on Earth.
On Sol 362,, a hitchhiker is spotted inside one of the Rover s wheels.
This rock likely got caught in the wheel during a cross-slope drive, where the rover moves diagonally across a slope.
It poses no threat to the mission and should eventually fall out on its own.
The rover is now gearing up for its longest and fastest drive so far.
Meanwhile, the Ingenuity helicopter takes to the sky for its 20th flight, scouting ahead for the rover and taking some colour pictures of the terrain.
The ground beyond the rocks looks relatively safe.
On Sol 368,, the team orders the Rover to focus its camera on its own body to see the level of dust accumulation.
These images show what 1 year on the Martian surface can do to a rover.
Before departing on the long drive to the delta, front Perseverance takes a drill sample of a rock named Sid.
The team uses an algorithm called prodapt to control the amount of force and percussion.
The algorithm ranges from level 0 to level 20, with the level increasing or decreasing depending on the progress through the rock.
Sid required the most force of any rock drilled.
Yet Perseverance now enters the Rapid Traverse phase, aiming to quickly reach the delta for its next science campaign.
This map shows the route to the delta.
The rover will go up around Seitah and on to a location named The Three Forks.
The rover’s advanced self-driving technology allows it to “think while driving”, processing images on the move and navigating based on those images.
After a little driving, the rover takes a quick look at the start of the delta.
A small crater can be seen in the foreground.
The main portion of the delta is located off-screen on the right.
Perseverance is now driving faster than any previous rover and has broken records for the distance travelled in one day.
It is making rapid progress on very smooth terrain and has now covered a total of 4.1 miles, or 6.6 kilometres in total, driving about one mile per week.
As Perseverance nears the delta, excitement grows on Earth.
If Mars had life in the past, it s very possible that we could see fossilized remains in the layers making up the delta.
As the rover moves closer, the towering delta unveils its true scale.
Climbing directly up the delta could spell disaster for Perseverance.
The rover makes a brief stop to observe a Martian solar eclipse.
The moon seen here is Phobos, the largest of the 2 Martian moons.
This video is the highest definition observation of a Martian solar eclipse ever taken.
The eclipse lasted a little over 40 seconds.
On Sol 402, Perseverance looks towards the eroded eastern edge of the delta.
A deposit of boulders at the edge of the delta may have been moved there by high-energy floods in the ancient past.
The rover captures a video of its driving during Sols 404 and 405, making good use of its auto-navigation, Perseverance drove approximately 1700 feet, or just over half a kilometre, over both Sols.
The video is sped up by a factor of 200..
This image, taken on Sol 406, shows a striking portion of the delta The rover is expected to as Kodiac that we previously saw from afar in the first year of exploration.
This closer examination provides a good look at the layers making up the formation.
Perseverance has now completed its “Rapid Traverse” mode and is now in the Delta Front.