(ORDO NEWS) — The Perseverance rover was still able to cope with the task and collected the first rock sample from the surface of the Red Planet. It was obtained from a certain stone, which was given the name “Rochette”. A couple of days after that, a second sample of exactly the same breed was obtained.
NASA has issued a statement that these samples have all the signs of a potentially habitable environment. Ken Farley, in turn, added that living organisms could well be in such conditions. An important point can be called the fact that water was once present in the samples for a very long time.
Rochette is composed of basalt. It could have formed as a result of a volcanic eruption. Also, in the samples provided, specialists were able to find certain salts in which bubbles of Martian water could be present. Moreover, these bubbles are very small.
The main task of Perseverance is to search for ancient microorganisms on the Red Planet. He must further provide over twenty different rock samples for careful study. They will be delivered to our planet in 2030.
Mitch Schulte added that all these samples play a very important role and will be used in order to conduct analyzes in laboratory conditions. Thanks to the minerals contained in the collected samples, specialists will be able to learn more about the history of the development of Mars and whether liquid water was present on the planet and how stable it was.
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