NASA’s Perseverance Rover Has Finally Arrived Mars’ delta of the river, and as he prepared to live there, he shared two interesting photos of the new land. Since it landed on Mars in February 2021, all of Perseverance’s time has been spent on crater Jezero — a 45-kilometer-diameter crater left behind by a meteorite billions of years ago. It is believed that Cratera Jezero is already inhabited and ancient rivers flow through it, making it a prime candidate for Perseverança to earn a living on the Red Planet.
After more than a year exploring Jezero crater, NASA recently docked Perseverance for its next March day phase. The rover started heading for the Mars River delta on March 17. As with Cratera Jezero, the river delta is believed to be an entry point to ancient Martian life. Three miles and a month later, Perseverance finally reached the river delta – sharing two amazing photos of what the area looked like.
The first photo (above) reveals the delta’s famous ‘bacon market’. Embora is not a delicious morning coffee, you can hide secrets about the rich history of Mars. By Perseverança .’s Twitter account† “Now that I’m in the delta, I give a glimpse, but almost in the bright pink area my team is observing. Could it be the old lake lamito?” If it’s red for the remains of an ancient lake, the screen can reveal what this lake has been for billions of years — including microbial life.
In addition to the “bacon fair” photo, NASA also shared a persistence shot of the river delta in the distance. The above photo consists of 64 different images that show the enormous size of the delta. You can see the different hills, pink texture and breezy windswept areas – all hardly expecting Perseverance to get any closer.
Embora has no guarantee that NASA will find life in the river delta, one of the two best places for the Perseverance team to find. As explained by Thomas Zurbuchen of NASA’s Directorate of Scientific Missions, “The Jezero Crater Delta promises to become a veritable geological bank and one of the two best places on Mars to search for microscopic life from the past. The answers are there – and the Perseverance Team is ready to meet them.”
There are two possible routes for Perseverance to climb the river delta – including ‘Cape Nukshak’ and ‘Hawksbill Gap’. Perseverance will use these trails to climb the delta and make various scientific observations along the way. When it reaches the plateau of the delta, it will return along the path of the waves and will make more observations. From that point on, expect Perseverance to go the other way and do the same thing again. Expect each road to raise the Perseverance for about six Earth months, meaning it will rise and fall in the river delta at least the following year. It’s a long and tedious process, but sometimes there’s room Mars for Perseverance to find the old life, that is.
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