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Perseverance is expected to continue collecting rock and soil samples and depositing them in pencil-sized tubes. Later, in 2028, a rover of the European Space Agency will land, collect the samples and bring them back to our planet; would arrive in 2031.
The Perseverance rover managed to collect two samples of Martian soil. After the initial analysis, NASA explained that they come from rocks, probably of volcanic origin, and that they contain touches or pinches of salts that can retain bubbles of ancient water and that would give clues to how that area was formed, its water history and if once there was a past life there.
“This is a great place to explore ancient habitats, it is a great place to search for life. As an added bonus, just outside the rim of Jezero crater are some of the oldest and best exposed rocks on Mars from a period of time even a billion years earlier, “said Bethany Ehlmann, a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the United States. Pot.
Perseverance is expected to continue collecting rock and soil samples and depositing them in pencil-sized tubes. Subsequently, if all goes according to plan, in 2028, a European Space Agency rover will land on Mars, collect the samples and bring them back to our planet around the year 2031.
Dr. Scott Hubbard, a professor at Stanford University, stressed that “this is a great step in what the scientific community has wanted for more than 50 years, which is to bring samples from the red planet. The first attempt was a disappointment, but Mars always surprises you ”.