Perseverance rover is preparing to create the first repository of soil samples from the Red Planet

(ORDO NEWS) — The Perseverance rover, which has been collecting samples of soil and rocks from the Red Planet for more than a year so that they can fall into the hands of earth scientists in the future and answer questions about the existence of ancient life on Mars, will create an external storage of ten test tubes with samples in the coming days.

NASA has chosen a site for this in Lake Jezero Crater called the Three Forks. As the researchers note, it was not easy to choose a place, since it must meet several criteria at once: be flat and free from stones, although Mars is quite a rocky planet.

Perseverance rover is preparing to create the first repository of soil samples from the Red Planet 2
Locations of samples collected by the rover

However, the titanium sample capsules cannot simply be piled together, so they will be placed five to fifteen meters apart in a complex zigzag pattern.

The process of creating a “warehouse” of capsules will be a rather slow process. Perseverance is expected to take over a month to accommodate all ten capsules.

The process will also include sending large amounts of accurate data so that capsules can be easily found in the future, even if Martian winds sweep them with dust or sand.

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