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NASA’s Perseverance rover is going on a road trip across Mars to search for signs of life.

Since NASA’s rover landed on the Red Planet on February 18, it’s taken photos of the surface of Mars and supported the helicopter Ingenuity’s flight tests. Now, Perseverance is starting its first scientific mission.

Perseverance is set to explore the Jezero Crater and cover a 1.5 square-mile patch of the Martian surface over the next few months, Jennifer Trosper, Perseverance project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We are putting the rover’s commissioning phase as well as the landing site in our rearview mirror and hitting the road,” she said.

“It is from this location that the first samples from another planet will be collected for return to Earth by a future mission,” Trosper added.

Perseverance will help NASA understand the geology of the crater and explore the area for signs of ancient microscopic life, the agency said in the statement.

“This area was under at least 100 meters [328 feet] of water 3.8 billion years ago,” Kevin Hand, an astrobiologist and co-lead of Perseverance’s science mission, said. “We don’t know what stories the rocks and layered outcrops will tell …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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