NASA to bring Mars soil to Earth, many mysteries to be revealed
NASA to bring Mars soil to Earth, many mysteries to be revealed

Washington: Perseverance Rover will drill the rock of Mars to collect soil samples from there. After this, these first samples of Mars will be sent back to Earth. In an earlier attempt, the rover had failed to collect soil samples.

The SUV-sized rover will collect samples from the surface of a rock called 'Rochette.' This will allow scientists to look inside and find out whether they want to sample from it or not. This rover is moving near the Jezero Crater. Here the rover is engaged in the search for 'ancient life' present on Mars beyond Earth. The Perseverance rover will use a 7-foot-long robotic arm to scrape the surface. At the same time, if the team decides to collect a core from this rock for samples, then the process of collecting it will be started next week. Perseverance looks at the lower layers of rocks through a subsurface radar.

The rover will now search for samples on a ridge called 'Citadelle' French for 'Castle.' This area is about 455 meters away from the place where the rover last tried to collect the sample. Imaging by the rover and its companion mini-helicopter Ingenuity revealed that the sedimentary rock present here may be too fine to sample. According to NASA, the ridge is covered by a layer of rock, which deals with wind erosion. This is an indication that good samples can be collected from here during drilling.

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