NASA’s Perseverance rover prepares to capture its first sample of a Martian rock

NASA’s Perseverance rover is preparing to collect its first samples on Mars, which could happen within the next two weeks, agency officials said today (July 21).

On February 18, Perseverance landed on the Red Planet at the bottom of an ancient lake known as Jezero Crater to explore and explore the planet for signs of ancient life. To do this, the rover was designed to collect and store samples of Martian material that will be returned to Earth by a mission in the early 2030s.

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