NASA Perseverance Mars rover sees what no one has EVER seen
The NASA Perseverance Mars rover has seen something that no one has ever seen. In the latest update from our brave rover on Mars, Perseverance has managed to drill a hole on the Martian surface and shared photos of the scratched surface that has remained hidden for years. This is part of the rover's mission to collect rock samples.
“Peering inside to look at something no one's ever seen. I've abraded a small patch of this rock to remove the surface layer and get a look underneath,” said the post from the official Perseverance handle on Twitter. ”Zeroing in on my next target for #SamplingMars," adds the post.
NASA Mars rover brigs out hidden secrets
This is the first of many sample collection moments that Perseverance is expected to undertake (a total of 20 are planned). On later missions, these samples will be brought back to the Earth via a sophisticated system of space vehicles travelling all the way back from Mars to Earth.
Perseverance had landed earlier this year in the Jezero crater, where its mission is to hunt for signs of life in the crater. The crates shows signs of one holding a massive lake and so far, the photos that Perseverance has shared hints at the possibility that water once flowed on the Martian surface.
The Perseverance mission is just the start of NASA's broader plans to explore our neighbouring planet. Eventually, humans will travel all the way to the planet for future missions.
This rover is not alone though. The Perseverance carried with itself the Ingenuity helicopter, which became the first vehicle to fly on Mars under its own propulsion system. The copter has so far completed 15 test flights on the surface.