imagine Robots are drilling holes in the soil of a planet about 55 million kilometers from usThis is what happened on Thursday, March 30, when NASA’s Perseverance rover collected and preserved the first samples of a new science campaign for the ‘Mars Sample Return’ mission. the video is great.
What the NASA/ESA images tell us is that the rover is exploring. Upper delta of Jezero craterteams of scientists on Earth are ready to study data in new areas, as they do in new explorations.
Perseverance actually collected a total of 19 samples in 3 storage tubes. An integral part of the NASA-ESA “Mars Sample Return” campaign.
A scientist’s job is to study samples brought back from Mars using powerful experimental equipment on Earth. Look for signs of ancient microbial lifeto better understand the water cycles that shaped the surface and interior of Mars.
This latest sample collected by Perseverance was extracted from a rock the science team called “Berea”is the 16th specimen of rock extracted from the mission, and there are actually more Regolith samples and the Martian atmosphere.
experts believe that “Berea” Formed from rock deposits carried downstream by ancient rivers, showing how material came from an area Far beyond the boundaries of Jezero Craterwhich is one of the reasons I find the discovery so promising.
Dr. Katie Stack Morgan of the “Perseverance” project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California explains: “Carbonate rocks on Earth could help preserve fossilized life forms. A rock like this to keep a secret like this“.
This new, and possibly important, latest sample is safely kept in a test tube in Rover’s belly. Perseverance Continues Climbing Jezero Craterhead to the next stop, a bend in the (now dry) river bed, what the science team calls “Castell Henllys.”
All that remains is to admire the extraordinary images of the NASA/ESA rover, which, after proving itself as a Martian meteorologist, is now about to burrow into the soil of the “red planet.”