Perseverance Rover Reaches Best Possible Site To Find Life On Mars

Perseverance Rover Reaches Best Possible Site To Find Life On Mars

The Perseverance rover has spent over a year on Mars since it landed on the red planet's Jezero crater on February 18, 2021.

The Perseverance rover has spent over a year on Mars since it landed on the red planet's Jezero crater on February 18, 2021.

In a recent mission update, NASA's team handling the rover revealed that Perseverance is parked at a site called Enchanted Lake which is the best possible location to find signs of ancient life

In a recent mission update, NASA's team handling the rover revealed that Perseverance is parked at a site called Enchanted Lake which is the best possible location to find signs of ancient life

Notably, the Martian samples collected by the rover will be bound for Earth in a few years but Perseverance only has a limited number of tubes

Notably, the Martian samples collected by the rover will be bound for Earth in a few years but Perseverance only has a limited number of tubes

; and so the rover needs to be "picky" in choosing its sampling site.

; and so the rover needs to be "picky" in choosing its sampling site.

In order to determine which sites to pick, scientists keep in the mind the kind of rocks that are of the highest priority- those that make up the well-preserved delta located on the western side of Jezero crater.

In order to determine which sites to pick, scientists keep in the mind the kind of rocks that are of the highest priority- those that make up the well-preserved delta located on the western side of Jezero crater.

For the unversed, the location being a delta filled with water was one of the attributes that made the Jezero crater so appealing to scientists.

For the unversed, the location being a delta filled with water was one of the attributes that made the Jezero crater so appealing to scientists.