Suspicious flat white stones were found a kilometer from the landing site of the rover. Drilling has already begun.
The lake that was in Jezero crater was filled and dried up. Therefore, the crater may have preserved traces of ancient life on the planet.
The Jezero crater sightseeing tour of the Perseverance rover has come to an end. It's time to work - looking for signs of ancient microbial life and taking the first sample from the surface of Mars.
Perseverance is located approximately one kilometer south of the landing site. “This is an area we're going to dig into, both literally and figuratively,” says Kenneth Farley, a Perseverance project scientist at California Institute of Technology.
Scientists are trying to figure out if these rocks are volcanic or sedimentary. The pictures taken showed that the stones are covered with dust and pebbles, and their relatively smooth surface has a mysterious purple coating.
In the coming weeks, the rover will break through the rocks and draw up detailed chemical and mineralogical maps that show what they are made of. Then, around mid-August, the first sample will be taken, which will subsequently be delivered to Earth.
The following sampling locations were also identified: on a small hill in the distance, fine-bedded rocks were observed that may be mud deposits. “This is the breed we are most interested in when looking for potential biosignatures,” said Farley.