Fifth Mars sample dropped by NASA’s Mars Rover

During the last few days, NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover has collected five samples from Mars and deposited them on its surface. On January 6th, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover placed a titanium tube containing an aqueous rock sample on the surface of the Red Planet. A total of 5 out of 10 samples are dropped at Three Forks storage location so far , located in Jezero Crater, by NASA’s Mars rover.

If you are wondering what is this titanium tube all about. Well, this core sample comes from a rock that first solidified as magma before being modified on multiple occasions by water. Scientists may be able to gain an understanding of the past history of this region area by using this data, according to the space agency.

A future robotic lander would receive samples from the rover as part of the Mars Sample Return campaign. After the lander receives the samples and places them in a sample container aboard a rocket blasting into Mars orbit, there will be another spacecraft which will recover and return them safely to Earth using a robotic arm. In case Perseverance cannot deliver its samples, the depot will be used as a backup. Mars samples will be delivered by 2 small helicopters if everything goes smoothly. An orbiter waiting for them will collect them and bring them back to Earth once launched into space

Obtaining samples from Mars will reveal several information on the red planet’s climate and  geology, as well as help us discover signs of microbes that once lived there. Besides NASA, other organizations are also interested in returning Mars samples. The Japanese space agency has similar goals, seeking to bring back Martian soil samples for study. Prior to the end of the decade, Mars’ Phobos and potato-shaped moon will be visited by the MMX mission, which will bag samples from Phobos and return them to Earth

Dibbyyan Nath

Dibbyyan Nath

Dibbyyan is a tech-enthusiast, strategist and a writer who has mentored professionals, entrepreneurs for self and career growth while his owned organization Inteliqo Research and Services have fulfilled different technical projects of renowned global brands.After obtaining degrees and certifications from various national and international reputed institutes such as IIT Delhi, Indian Council of Technical Research and Development, UC San Diego and many more, he has realized that knowledge is incomparable and can definitely make a positive impact on society. His passion towards writing influenced him to engage into different ventures being driven by writing and research which includes the foundation of The Readers Time

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