NASA's Perseverance mars

Rover Sensor Damaged

Perseverance rover includes 

two wind sensors that measure speed and direction, among several other sensors that provide weather metrics

Pebbles carried

aloft by strong Red Planet gusts recently damaged one of the wind sensors

Mars Environmental Dynamics

Analyzer (MEDA) can still keep track of wind at its landing area in Jezero Crater, albeit with decreased sensitivity

 The whole team is now

 re-tuning the retrieval procedure to get more accuracy from the undamaged detector readings

Instruments like MEDA

 must be exposed to environmental conditions to record wind parameters.

 But when stronger-than

anticipated winds lifted larger pebbles than expected, the combination resulted in damage to some of the detector elements

Another supermoon rises 

this month