NASA’s $2.7 billion Perseverance rover is starting its science mission on Mars to look for signs of ANCIENT LIFE


  • NASA’s Perseverance rover begins its science mission, searching for signs of ancient life
  • This change began on June 1 as it moved away from its touchdown zone, the Octavia E. Butler landing site.
  • In addition to searching for signs of ancient microscopic life, it will study the geology of Jezero Crater
  • The persistence will also collect samples of rock and sediment, which NASA hopes to bring back to Earth one day
  • It will also test technologies that can be used for robotic and human exploration of the Red Planet
  • Persistence will study two unique geologic regions, ‘Crater Floor Fractured Rough’ and ‘Sitah’.
  • The rover will then head north toward the delta region of Ezero, a region that may show fossilized signs of ancient life.

After beginning its switch from photographer to science investigator, NASA’s Perseverance rover has officially begun its science mission, searching for signs of ancient life.

The shift of persistence for the science mission began on June 1 as it moved away from its touchdown zone, known as the Octavia E. Butler Landing Site, in the 28-mile-wide Jezero Crater, where it landed on February 18.

In addition to searching for signs of ancient microscopic life, the $2.7 billion rover will study the geology of the crater and look for signs of past habitability.

It will also collect samples of rock and sediment, which the US space agency hopes to bring back to Earth with future missions for further study.

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This image of Jezero Crater shows the routes of Perseverance’s first science expedition (yellow hash mark) and its second as well as its second (light-yellow hash mark).

In addition to searching for signs of ancient microbial life, the rover will study the geology of Jezero Crater and look for signs of past habitability.

In addition to searching for signs of ancient microbial life, the rover will study the geology of Jezero Crater and look for signs of past habitability.

Persistence rover Mars will explore two regions in 'Jezero Crater': 'Crater Floor Fractured Rough' and 'Seitah' (pictured)

Persistence rover Mars will explore two regions in ‘Jezero Crater’: ‘Crater Floor Fractured Rough’ and ‘Seitah’ (pictured)

The rover will also carry measurement and test technologies that can be used for robotic and human exploration of the Red Planet.

“We’re going through the commissioning phase of the rover as well as putting the landing site in our rearview mirror and hitting the road,” said Jennifer Trosper, Perseverance project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Statement.

‘Over the next several months, Perseverance will explore 1.5-square-miles’ [4-square-kilometer] Patch of pit floor,’ added Trosper.

‘It is from this location that the first samples from another planet to be returned to Earth by future missions will be collected.’

With the start of its science missions, Perseverance joins the Curiosity rover that landed on Mars in August 2012 in search of the Red Planet.

Prior to the science mission, the car-sized persistence spent its first several months on Mars testing its instruments, monitoring the launch of the Ingenuity helicopter, and taking a large number of photographs.

As part of its science mission, which is expected to last for ‘hundreds of sols’, or Martian days, it will study two unique geologic regions in the 1.5-mile-wide area of ​​Jezero’s floor: the ‘crater floor fractured rough’ and ‘ Sita.’

The ‘crater floor fractured rough’ is the crater floor of Jezero, while the ‘sitah’ (meaning ‘between the sands’ in Navajo), has ridges, layered rocks and sand dunes in addition to bedrock.

Along with Vivian Sun of This Science, JPL’s Kevin Hand, an astrobiologist, and co-head, JPL’s Kevin Hand said, “To do justice to both units in the allotted time, the team will use an old Auto Club-style map. Came up with the Martian version.” campaign.

‘We have planned our route, complete with optional turnoffs and labeled areas of interest and potential obstacles in our path.’

Persistence will collect one or two samples from the ‘right’ of each of the four locations in the two regions, which NASA’s arm said could provide new surprises.

“Starting with the crater floor fractured rough and sitah geologic units allows us to start exploring Jezero at an early stage,” Hand said.

‘This area was at least under 100 meters’ [328 feet] of water 3.8 billion years ago. We don’t know what stories the rocks and layered outcrops will tell us, but we’re excited to get started.’

Earlier this month, Perseverance celebrated its 100th Mars Day, celebrating its greatest achievements including making oxygen 'out of thin air' and capturing Ingenuity's flights.

Earlier this month, Perseverance celebrated its 100th Mars Day, celebrating its greatest achievements including making oxygen ‘out of thin air’ and capturing Ingenuity’s flights.

In March, scientists suggested that a significant portion of the water on Mars, perhaps as much as 99 percent, could be hidden in the planet’s crust.

Once the first science mission is complete, Perseverance will return to its landing site, driving for more than 3 miles.

From there, it will travel north toward the delta region of Jezero, an area that may contain an abundance of organic minerals that may show fossilized signs of ancient life.

Earlier this month, Perseverance celebrated its 100th Mars Day, celebrating its greatest achievements including making oxygen ‘out of thin air’ and capturing Ingenuity’s flights.

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