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First extraterrestrial rock sample cache

Metal Tech News - December 21, 2022

 

Last updated 12/20/2022 at 8:57am

Flat Martian landscape with dunes, small rocks, and Perseverance’s shadow.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

Perseverance scans Three Forks, an area chosen to build the first Martian depot for rock and soil samples.

Perseverance is dropping off a batch of samples for Mars Sample Return robotic team to retrieve.

While the impressive toolkit aboard the Perseverance rover provides earthbound scientists with a trove of data on the geological and biological history of Mars, the ultimate goal is to get rock and dirt samples collected by the robotic geologist back to Earth for closer examination. Toward...



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