NASA Perseverance shows a solar eclipse seen from the surface of Mars
(ORDO NEWS) — Here is a solar eclipse observed from the surface of the Red Planet by the NASA Perseverance rover.
The natural phenomenon was caused by the passage of Phobos, the largest of the two moons of Mars, in front of the solar disk on November 18, 2022.
The image was taken by the Left Mastcam-Z science camera, which is located high on the rover’s mast.
At 13:56:29 local mean solar time, this particular image was received, attached to the post (in general, there was a series of photographs).
Currently, Perseverance is busy collecting new samples in the delta of the river, which about 3-3.5 billion years ago flowed into a deep lake, in the place of which is now the huge dried-up crater Jezero.
By analyzing igneous rock associated with either volcanism or asteroid impacts, the rover found unequivocal evidence that the rocks had been exposed to water for a long time.
The organics found by Perseverance – and NASA’s formerly operational Curiosity rover – indicate that all of Mars is saturated with the building blocks of life (the key components needed for life to sprout).
Was/is there life on the neighboring planet? There is no definite answer, but the ubiquity of organics significantly increases the likelihood of this.
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