NASA succeeds in taking the first sample of Martian rocks

NASA’s Perseverance rover has successfully taken its first samples of Martian rocks and placed them safely in a container for return to Earth.And the US space agency posted on its Twitter account today, Sunday, a tweet saying, “I got it,” along with a photo of a piece of rock securely placed in a container attached to the spacecraft.

Perseverance had drilled into a small boulder on Mars on September 2, but due to poor lighting conditions, engineers at the Southern California Control Center were initially unable to see if the sample was actually in the extraction tube. And now new, better-light images showed that the drilling mission was a success.

The sample, a little more than the thickness of a pencil, will later be sent back to Earth for studies.

Among other things, NASA wants to know if the rock contains evidence of past microbial life on the Red Planet.

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