Perseverance rover prepares to collect Martian samples that will be sent to Earth | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Perseverance rover prepares to collect Martian samples that will be sent to Earth

Almost a year after NASA's Perseverance rover was launched on its nearly seven-month journey to Mars, the robotic explorer is preparing to collect its first Martian sample within the next two weeks.

This sample, which will be returned to Earth by missions in the 2030s, might contain evidence of whether there was past life on Mars.

The rover has also collected some of its first scientific observations of the red planet as it searches among the rocks and dust.

Perseverance landed in Jezero Crater in February. Billions of years ago, the site was home to an ancient lake and river delta. Since June 1, the rover has been explore a 1.5-square-mile area of the crater, known as the "Cratered Floor Fractured Rough," in search of the crater's deepest and most ancient layers of rock.

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