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第426期
(2021/03/04出刊)
美國毅力號傳回火星的風聲

 On February 18th, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Mars rover landed successfully after a seven-month trip covering 472 million kilometers. Perseverance will collect Martian soil and rocks as part of the search for signs of ancient life.
 The six-wheeled rover landed in an area called Jezero Crater, just north of the planet’s equator. The area contains a large ancient lake. Perseverance, or Percy for short, will spend the next two years exploring the dry lake and drilling into rocks that may hold evidence of life from 3 to 4 billion years ago.
 Percy has already recorded the first audio clips captured on the surface of Mars, beaming back to Earth guttural sounds of wind gusting on the red planet. Along with photos, NASA released a highquality video showing the enormous parachute opening as the rover landed on the surface. The images will help NASA prepare for astronaut flights to Mars in the next decade.

 二月十八日,美國太空總署的火星探測車「毅力號」歷經七個月、航行四點七二億公里後,成功登陸火星。毅力號將蒐集火星上的土壤與岩石,以尋找遠古生命的跡象。
 這輛六輪探測車降落在火星赤道北方,一個名為杰哲羅隕石坑的區域,這裡有一座大型的古代湖泊。小名為「波西」的毅力號將花兩年的時間探索這座乾涸的湖泊、鑽探可能蘊藏三十億年到四十億年前生命證據的岩塊。
 毅力號傳回在火星錄下的第一段錄音,讓地球人聽見這顆紅色星球上的陣陣風聲。除了照片外,美國太空總署也公布高品質影片,呈現毅力號著陸時,巨型降落傘打開的經過。這些畫面將協助美國太空總署為未來十年太空人登陸火星預作準備。