NASA’s Perseverance rover investigates geologically rich Mars terrain — ScienceDaily

NASA’s Perseverance rover is well into its second science campaign, collecting rock-core samples from features within an area long considered by scientists to be a top prospect for finding signs of ancient microbial life on Mars. The rover has collected four samples from an ancient river delta in the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater since July … Read more

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 … Read more

NASA’s Perseverance rover investigates geologically rich Mars terrain

NASA’s Perseverance rover puts its robotic arm to work around a rocky outcrop called “Skinner Ridge” in Mars’ Jezero Crater. Composed of multiple images, this mosaic shows layered sedimentary rocks in the face of a cliff in the delta, as well as one of the locations where the rover abraded a circular patch to analyze … Read more

New Perseverance Rock Samples Were Altered by Water. They’ll be Coming Back to Earth in the Sample Return Mission

The Perseverance rover is enjoying a bit of a winning streak lately! For the past year and a half, the rover has been exploring the Jezero crater on Mars to learn more about the planet’s past. As part of this mission, Perseverance is obtaining samples of Martian rock and soil that it will set aside … Read more

Perseverance Mars rover finds surprising volcanic rocks in once lake-filled crater

The surprising discovery of volcanic, “igneous,” rocks by NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover on the Jezero Crater’s floor could be the key to unlocking Mars’ climate history and revealing exactly when it was wet and potentially habitable, according to a comprehensive analysis of findings made during Perseverance’s first year on the Red Planet. “We were very … Read more

NASA’s Perseverance studies the wild winds of Jezero Crater

This series of images from a navigation camera aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover shows a gust of wind sweeping dust across the Martian plain beyond the rover’s tracks on June 18, 2021 (the 117th sol, or Martian day, of the mission). The dust cloud in this GIF was estimated to be 1.5 square miles (4 square … Read more

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter spots gear that helped Perseverance rover land

This image of Perseverance’s backshell and parachute was collected by NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter during its 26th flight on April 19, 2022. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter recently surveyed both the parachute that helped the agency’s Perseverance rover land on Mars and the cone-shaped backshell that protected the rover in deep space and during … Read more

Perseverance Begins the Next Phase of its Mission, Studying an Ancient River Bed on Mars

On February 18, 2021, NASA’s Perseverance (Percy) Rover successfully landed in the dried-up lakebed known as Jezero Crater on Mars, beaming back images and video of its descent and landing to millions of space living on the planet that built and launched fans This incredible robotic explorer. With this landing came enormous excitement for a … Read more