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NASA Perseverance Mars rover to acquire first sample of Martian rock

NASA Perseverance Mars rover to acquire first sample of Martian rock

Science & environment
Washington: NASA is making final preparations for its Perseverance Mars rover to collect its first-ever sample of Martian rock, which future planned missions will transport to Earth. The six-wheeled geologist is searching for a scientifically interesting target in a part of Jezero Crater called the "Cratered Floor Fractured Rough." This important mission milestone is expected to begin within the next two weeks. Perseverance landed in Jezero Crater on February 18, and NASA kicked off the rover mission`s science phase on June 1, exploring a 1.5-square-mile (4-square-kilometer) patch of crater floor that may contain Jezero`s deepest and most ancient layers of exposed bedrock. "When Neil Armstrong took the first sample from the Sea of Tranquility 52 years ago, he began a process that woul...