NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover is packing up the first dirt samples

NASA’s most advanced robotic geologist to date has collected its first samples of fractured rock and dust from the surface of the Red Planet.

The Rover Perseverance He dug up two of what scientists call regolith samples as he continues his mission to investigate geological processes and search for anecdotal evidence that life once existed. Mars. The NASA-managed rover captured regolith samples on Dec. 2 and Tuesday (Dec. 6), adding them to its collection of 15 rock cores released from the planet’s Jezero crater (plus one sample from the atmosphere) since The spacecraft landed in February 2021.

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