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NASA mission: Perseverance rover does 'main observation' on Mars

NASA mission: Perseverance rover does ‘main observation’ on Mars

The Mars probe “Perseverance” makes an unusual discovery during a NASA mission to Mars. The researchers speak of a “key note”.

PASADENA/Castle – NASA’s “Persevering” rover faces major missions in Mars*. Among other things, it must search for signs of early microbial life on the Red Planet and research the geology and past climate of Mars. The rover has already answered an important question with the first pictures it sent back to Earth, like this NASA* Call now. Recordings and accompanying study have been published in science magazine.

“This is the main observation that assures us once and for all that there was a lake and river delta in Jezero crater,” said scientist Nicholas Mangold, the study’s lead author, in a message from NASA.

Today, Jezero crater, where Perseverance landed in February 2021, is very dry. But once the water was there, experts deduced from the Martian rover’s recordings. So Jezero crater 3.7 billion years ago was a lake fed by a small river.

NASA’s “Perseverance” Mars probe: Jezero crater used to be a lake

The recordings also show experts that the lake must have been flooded. According to the Mangold researchers in their study, these floods carried large stones for kilometers along the river and deposited them in the lake where they are still found today.

It is no coincidence that “perseverance” hits the bull’s-eye shortly after its arrival. The landing site at Jezero crater was chosen by NASA experts on suspicion that water once flowed there. Recordings from Mars orbiters previously showed that Jezero crater looks like a dry lake* Connected to the river delta.

Jezero crater on Mars was once a lake, as seen on the NASA “Perseverance” rover. (artist’s impression)


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“The rover has solved one of the biggest mysteries without going anywhere,” says planetary scientist Benjamin Weiss. “Until we got there, the question was always: Was the crater ever a lake?”

Mars experts believe that water on the surface of the Red Planet once existed, but it dried up about 3.5 billion years ago. At that time, according to the current state of research, Mars lost its magnetic field and gradually lost its atmosphere. Assume another theory Mars was too small to hold water permanently*.

NASA’s Mars mission rover: ‘Perseverance’ is supposed to visit the former river delta

Meanwhile, the “Persevering” rover has covered about 2.6 kilometers into Jezero crater, and if all goes according to plan, it will also map the rocks it has captured from a distance to solve the mystery of the lake up close. The rover is scheduled to head to the former river delta to take soil samples there. Experts believe that sediment from the former lake may contain traces of previous life in the water. Therefore, the “perseverance” should also collect such samples. “Now we have the opportunity to look for fossils,” explains Tanya Bosak of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

You imagine Jezero crater on Mars as researched according to the latest discoveries.

© Nasa / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / LPG

Soil samples collected by Perseverance will be stored by the rover on the surface of Mars, and a future mission will return the samples from Mars to Earth, where they can be directly examined by scientists. “It will take some time to get the stones in which we hope to find traces of life. It is a marathon with great potential,” Boussac continued.

NASA spacecraft on Mars: ‘perseverant’ soil samples will be sent to Earth

Until then, however, the research must rely on “perseverance” and NASA’s older rover Curiosity, which is conducting research in a different region on Mars. “A better understanding of Jezero crater is key to understanding the changing hydrology in the area,” perseverance scientist Sanjeev Gupta said in a NASA statement. “This could provide valuable insights into why the entire planet is drying up.”

Weiss has another hope: It is possible to find the time in the rock when the crater “passed from a habitable Earth-like environment to this devastated wasteland,” he explains. “These ruin beds could be records of this transition. We haven’t seen it elsewhere on Mars.” (Tania Banner)*the father is a show of IPPEN.MEDIA.

Rules list photo: © Nasa / JPL