NASA launched the Perseverance rover to explore Mars. After its landing on the Red Planet back in February, the rover started to collect valuable data. Scientists now conclude that Perseverance’s collected rock samples from our neighboring planet bring exhilarating news that everyone has been waiting for.
According to CNET.com, data gathered by the Perseverance rover from the Jezero Crater of Mars brings the information that the planet’s environment could actually be habitable.
Microbial life on Mars?
Ken Farley, who is a project scientist for Perseverance at Caltech, declared as quoted by NASA’s website:
It looks like our first rocks reveal a potentially habitable sustained environment,
It’s a big deal that the water was there a long time.
Scientists also know that if water was present on Mars for long stretches, it could have supported microbial life.
Perseverance collected two rock cores of Mars from the “Rochette” rock. The scientific team behind the Perseverance project even spotted salts within the rock that likely formed when water evaporated. Scientists believe that the salt minerals may have trapped bubbles of ancient water from Mars.
Even NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is doing a pretty good job on Mars. Although the little gadget was supposed to perform only five flights on the Red Planet, it was a lot more diligent than that, and it went through twelve journeys.
The Perseverance rover is part of NASA’s Mars 2020 missions, and it’s designed to explore the Red Planet’s surface to look for traces of past or present alien life. It also aims to contribute to the science goals of the Mars Exploration Programme of NASA.
There are still plenty of questions left unanswered about Mars. What’s for sure is that at this point, moving to Mars remains a sci-fi scenario.