A Mars ATV begins to explore the strata of an ancient river

PerseveranceThe ATV has been roaming Mars on the plateau of the big crater Jezero for over a year.

A six-wheeled ATV has more than ten kilometers on the odometer. Along the route Perseverance has stalled. It is drilled and stored in its pipes a sample of the stone if the stone appeared interesting.

During the winter, the ATV has now taken and sealed eight rock samples and a sample of its atmosphere to its “stomach”. There is still room for more than thirty.

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It is hoped that all the samples taken will be brought to Earth sometime in the early 2030s.

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The journey continues. Perseverance is entering a new phase, says U.S. space agency Nasa. It is the owner of the ATV and controls the ATV from California.

The new target for the Mars ATV is a dry estuary in the crater of the Jezero at the mid-latitudes of Mars. The edges of the estuary are already visible in the pictures. Photo: Nasa

Perseverance begins to explore the egg river.

“The Jezero Estuary is the best place to explore the geology of Mars and look for signs of life.”

That’s what Nasan said Thomas Zurbruchenwhen the second year of Perseverance began. break on astrophysicist and director of science projects at NASA.

In the estuary, Perseverance describes and studies the deposits of Mars that have accumulated over millions of years.

Scientists speculate that soil from different areas of Mars has entered the Jezero estuary along with the water of an ancient flowing river. Some of the soil remained at the edges of the dried-up river and deposited.

The ATV will collect about eight more samples in six months on Earth.

In ancient times, the rocks were probably the bottom of a lake or river. The ATV also wounds fragments of rock upstream.

The rocks came with the ancient river from places the ATV would never reach. The river thus carried the geology of the planet directly in front of the ATV.

The ATV is designed to last on the red planet at least two years on Mars or nearly 1,400 Earth days – one year on Mars with 687 Earth days.

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