Perseverance rover: NASA’s Mars car to seek signs of ancient life

NASA’s Perseverance rover isn’t just exploring the Red Planet. The life-hunting robot will also help a little bit of Mars make it to Earth a decade or so from now, if all goes according to plan.

Perseverance, the centerpiece of NASA’s $2.7 billion Mars 2020 mission, touched down inside the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. Once it’s fully up and running, the car-sized robot will search for evidence of past microbial life and collect  several dozen samples for future return to Earth, among other ambitious tasks.

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