Washington. The US space agency’s Perseverance rover for the purpose for which it went to Mars, its first objective is going to be achieved. This NASA rover collected various rock samples from the surface of Mars, which will be transported to Earth on the next mission. 17 months ago, this rover landed in an area called Jezero Crater. From what Percy has seen so far, scientists have confirmed that the rover is in the right place to search for life.
This rover is not looking for any living organisms today, as Mars’ harsh environment makes their presence highly unlikely. Rather, the rover is looking for traces of a biology that could have existed billions of years ago when Jezero was filled with a lake. Scientists hope that this ancient story is now being recorded in amazing rock samples, which will be brought in over the next few years. David Shuster, a scientist from the University of California, Berkeley, said: “If Jezero-like conditions have been found anywhere on Earth for the past 3.5 billion years, biology may have left its mark in these rocks, which we can see.”
NASA and the European Space Agency are preparing big plans to bring these samples to Earth. This work will include interplanetary cargo, helicopters and a rocket that will bring the samples to Earth by 2033. These will also contain igneous and volcanic rocks. That Percy drilled out of the crater. These will mostly tell the story of Jezero before the lake was filled with water. Among the specimens there is also Wildcat Ridge. This rock was formed during the evaporation of the soil of Lake Jezero. It was full of salt.
“All life as we know it is made up of organic matter, but the important thing is that organic matter can also be made by chemical and non-life-related processes,” says NASA scientist Sunanda Sharma.
This robot will soon move from this slope to a flat area where samples secured in titanium tubes can be deposited on the ground. They will then be properly stored so that future missions can find them. However, scientists still want to collect more samples.
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Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s planetary science division, says not only did we go to the right place, but we sent the right spacecraft with the right scientific equipment to explore this wonderfully ancient atmosphere on Mars.
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FIRST POST: September 20, 2022, 10:26 p.m. HST