Perseverance rover collects Martian samples packed with organics

The Perseverance rover’s search for signs of ancient Mars life has picked up considerably.

For the past few months, Perseverance has been exploring the remnants of an ancient river delta inside Mars’ Jezero Crater, which hosted a big lake billions of years ago. The presence of this delta is one of the main reasons that NASA sent the car-sized rover to Jezero, and the site has lived up to its billing so far, mission team members said.

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