On board the all-terrain vehicle, which will reach the Red Planet in 2020, will be a piece of the Martian meteorite. He fell to Earth in 1999. Once on Mars, the all-terrain vehicle will blow its own meteorite with its laser.
NASA specialists plan to calibrate SHERLOC laser work in this way to improve accuracy when recognizing objects and hovering on them. In addition, it will allow to check how the rock of Mars will react to external influence in natural conditions.
Martian meteorites are considered rare: on Earth, they found about 200. Scientists carefully selected a suitable specimen capable of withstanding the launch of the rover and the subsequent landing on the surface of the planet.
The launch of the rover is planned for July this year.