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Perseverance is About to Collect the First Sample on Mars That Could Eventually be Returned to Earth

26 Jul 2021, 21:04 UTC
Perseverance is About to Collect the First Sample on Mars That Could Eventually be Returned to Earth NASA/JPL-Caltech

On Feb. 18th, 2021, NASA’s Perseverance rover landed within the Jezero Crater on Mars. Like its predecessor, Curiosity, a fellow member of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program (MEP), the goal of Perseverance is to seek out evidence of possible life on Mars (past and present). A key part of this mission will be the first sample return ever performed on Mars, where samples obtained by Perseverance will be placed in a cache for later retrieval and return to Earth.

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