NASA's Perseverance Mars rovers readies to begin sampling process

NASA's Perseverance Mars rovers readies to begin sampling process

NASA's Perseverance Mars rovers readies to begin sampling process The rover started its science phase on June 1 NASA's Perseverance Mars rover is preparing to collect its first-ever sample. The agency's Southern California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) said that the rover was searching for a scientifically interesting rock target in Jezero Crater's "Cratered Floor Fractured Rough." The "Cratered Floor Fractured Rough" is one of the deepest, and potentially oldest, accessible geologic units in the crater. NASA'S PERSEVERANCE MARS ROVER BEGINS HUNT FOR SIGNS OF PAST LIFE The sampling is expected to occur within the next two weeks as the team searches for hints regarding the existence of ancient microbial life. "When Neil Armstrong took the first sample from the Sea of Tranquility 52 years ago, he began a process that would rewrite what humanity knew about the moon," Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters, said in the statement. "I have every expectation that Perseverance’s first sample from Jezero Crater, and those that come after, will do the same for Mars. We are on the threshold of a …
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