A second rock sample tube has been deposited on the Martian surface by NASA’s Perseverance rover as an “early Christmas present.” The 7.3-centimetre sample is the longest rock core the Mars rover has so far acquired. One of the 10 samples that will be taken into consideration for the Mars sample return program’s trip back to Earth is this tube.
Perseverance rover leaves a second sample
On December 24, the Perseverance Rover team at NASA announced the sample drop on the rover’s official Twitter account. “My second sample drop appears to be successful! The longest rock core I’ve taken to date is in this tube, which contains sedimentary rock from the edge of this ancient river delta, the agency tweeted.
The Perseverance rover’s longest rock sample, known as “Mageik,” was taken from the “Delta front” section of the Jezero crater from a rock formation known as “Amalik.” This year’s collection day was November 16. The tube itself is approximately the size of a marker,” according to the Perseverance Twitter account, even if the sample it contains has a diameter of 7.3 centimetres.
The first sample to be placed on the surface of Mars is known as “Malay,” and it was taken on January 31 of this year from “South Seitah,” a different area of the Jezero Crater.
According to NASA, the Sampling and Caching System of the Perseverance Rover needs about an hour to remove the metal tube from the rover’s body, inspect it with the onboard CacheCam, and then drop it nearly 89 centimetres onto a chosen area of the planet’s surface.
What is the length of the longest rock core that Mars rover has acquired?
The 7.3-centimetre sample is the longest rock core the Mars rover has so far acquired.