NASA’s Perseverance Rover Collects Puzzle Pieces of Mars’ History
Every rock collected helps build out the picture of Mars’s history. So far they’ve “only” colected 2 rock samples: Montdenier and Montagnac, and have learned a ton! Via NASA:
Analysis of the rocks from which the Montdenier and Montagnac samples were taken and from the rover’s previous sampling attempt may help the science team piece together the timeline of the area’s past, which was marked by volcanic activity and periods of persistent water.
“It looks like our first rocks reveal a potentially habitable sustained environment,” said Ken Farley of Caltech, project scientist for the mission, which is led by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California. “It’s a big deal that the water was there a long time.”
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