NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover collects 22nd sample from the Mars

NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover has collected 22nd sample from the Mars surface and sealed it on September 25, 2023.

NASA’s team have chosen this spot because it’s rich in minerals. A river flowed over this place on Mars billions of years ago.

Perseverance Mars Rover is drilling the Martian surface to collect 22nd sample
NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover is drilling the Martian surface to collect 22nd sample. This image was captured on Sept. 25, 2023 by using Hazard Avoidance Camera of the rover. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

What is it?

Perseverance Mars Rover was launched by American space agency, NASA on July 30, 2020 and it landed at the Jezero Crater of Mars planet on February 18, 2021.

Perseverance Mars Rover is now collecting samples of rock and soil which will be brought back to earth in future.

There are total 38 sample collection tubes in Perseverance Mars Rover and it collects 22nd sample out of 38 on September 25, 2023.

How does it work?

There is a big robotic arm of Perseverance Mars Rover which drill the Martian surface to collect the rocks and soil.

After that, the samples is sealed in tubes and stored it in the rover’s belly until the NASA’s team commands from Earth to drop the sample tubes on the Martian surface at a precise locations.

How will NASA bring the sample tube back to Earth?

Mars Sample Return mission has been proposed by NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) to collect the sample tubes from the Martian surface and bring it back to Earth.

The mission has been planned to launch in 2027. It will be the first sample from Mars to be brought to Earth.

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