NASA’s rover made a “strange” and fascinating find on the Red Planet – a small, crater-strewn greenish rock.
Wednesday’s discovery has now prompted Persistence’s tools to take a closer look and scientists are “trading with many hypotheses,” according to the rover’s Twitter page.
“While the helicopter is preparing,” the account says, referring to a separate mission from the helicopter “Ingenuity”, “I can not check the nearby rocks.
“This weird one makes my research team trade a lot of hypotheses,” he continued.
“It’s about 6 inches long. If you look closely, you may notice a number of laser scars where I hung it to learn more. “
The information gathered by the laser can help scientists understand whether the small green Martian rock formed on the spot or was transported to the crater Jezero – an ancient lake – by the movement of water, by a meteor or by some other “shock event”. “
“Has anything weathered from the local rock base?” Is this a piece of Mars that has been flattened in the area by a distant event? Is it a meteorite? Or something else? As the rover’s Twitter account explained.
Scientists hope Perseverance will find a suitable place to launch its mini-helicopter by the end of the month to explore more of the Red Planet.
The $ 2.7 billion Mars 2020 mission began in February and is expected to last several years, eventually preparing NASA to study man on Earth’s planetary neighbor.