NASA’s Mars Exploration rover provided new data on Wednesday, marking its first successful attempt to drill a sample of Martian rock.
Previous Attempts When sampling Martian rocks, he failed to harvest due to fracture of the sample. This time around, officials are confident the Perseverance Wagon has picked up the sediment fragments based on photos from inside the collecting tube.
Samples are collected using a seven-foot rotating robotic arm drill that extracts samples and collects them in a tube slightly thicker than a pencil.
The rock that Perseverance dug into was roughly the size of a suitcase and was part of a footline over half a mile long and filled with boulders, rocky outcrops, or rock formations visible on the surface.
Initial images revealed that the perseverance drill had succeeded in collecting and retaining samples from the rock core.
“The project put the first rock-hewn under its belt, and that’s a colossal feat,” Jennifer Trosper said, project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. “The team located, selected and excavated a viable rock of scientific value. We did what we came for. We’ll work through this little hiccup with the lighting conditions in the photos and we’ll still be encouraged to have a sample in this tube.”
Rock samples from Mars provide insights into microbial life on the planet and reveal more about its climate and geological history.
Previous information was collected Through NASA’s Mars missions, it has found new information about the planet’s core based on seismic data, and revealed more about Mars’ crust, shelf, and core.