The first rock sample on the Red Planet was collected by NASA’s Perseverance Walk after its first sampling failed last month, MTI reported. A “perfect rock sample” was collected, said Adam Stelzner, the march’s chief engineer.
I was never happier than when I saw a hole in the stone
The engineer wrote in his Twitter message.
In the past month, Perseverance dug an unusually soft powdery layer of soil, and the sample had collapsed, or splinters remained in the hole or fell at the time of collection, so it couldn’t put anything in the collection tube where it would be. brought to earth.
Since then, he has walked nearly 800 meters to a better sampling location, where he has attempted to collect another sample. Mission managers analyzed the data and recordings sent by the field marshal before announcing the success of the soil sampling.
The research program plans to collect 31 rock samples that will return to Earth within a few years for analysis. The aim of the research is to search for signs of ancient life, such as traces of fossilized microbes, in order to gain a better understanding of the geography of Mars.
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