NASA’s Mars rover has made an “odd” and interesting discover on the Purple Planet — a small, crater-ridden greenish rock.
The invention from Wednesday now has prompted the Perseverance’s devices to take a nearer look, and scientists are “buying and selling a lot of hypotheses,” in accordance with the rover’s Twitter web page.
“Whereas the helicopter is preparing,” the account mentioned, referring to a separate mission by the Ingenuity helicopter, “I can’t assist trying out close by rocks.
“This odd one has my science crew buying and selling a lot of hypotheses,” it continued.
“It’s about 6 inches lengthy. When you look intently, you may spot the row of laser marks the place I zapped it to be taught extra.”
The rover’s laser is a part of the SuperCam instrument, considered one of seven science devices on board the robotic, in accordance with Area.com.
Info gathered by the laser may assist scientists work out if the little green Martian rock shaped in place or was transported to the Jezero Crater — an historic lake mattress — by the motion of water, by a meteor, or by way of another form of “affect occasion.”
“Is it one thing weathered out of the native bedrock? Is it a piece of Mars plopped into the world from a far-flung affect occasion? Is it a meteorite? Or one thing else?,” because the rover’s Twitter account defined it.
Scientists hope Perseverance can discover a appropriate launch web site for its mini-helicopter by the tip of the month to discover extra of the Purple Planet.
The $2.7 billion Mars 2020 mission started in February, and is anticipated to final for a number of years, in the end making ready NASA for human exploration on Earth’s planetary neighbor.