The mission of NASA’s major milestone related to Mars achieved a new record after the probe hinted evidence of water’s existence on the Red Planet, Nasa announced on Friday.
The probe initiated an early examination of the previously collected samples from Mars’ surface. The project’s team tweeted under the name of NASA’s Perservance Mars Rover: “My first two rock samples are likely volcanic with hints of salts that may hold bubbles of ancient water.”
The team added: “They’re pieces of a bigger puzzle, to learn: how this area formed – its history of water – if past life ever existed here.”
Ken Farley, the project’s team member, said: “It looks like our first rocks reveal a potentially habitable sustained environment,” asserting: “It’s a big deal that the water was there a long time.”
Perseverance will continue to collect more samples from the Red Planet’s surface to get them back to Earth for more studies.
Last week, Nasa’s Perseverance rover successfully captured the first-ever sample from Mars’ soil, Sputnik reported on Wednesday.
The leading astronomical research agency announced the news by releasing an official statement on Perseverance’s mission Twitter account, saying: “I’ve now captured, sealed, and stored the first core sample ever drilled on another planet, in a quest to return samples to Earth.”
Regarding the size of the sample, Nasa added in a full press statement posted on its official website that it is thicker than a pencil. In addition, it is now enclosed in an airtight titanium sample tube to preserve it on its way back to Earth.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson commented on the agency’s historic milestone, saying: “NASA has a history of setting ambitious goals and then accomplishing them, reflecting our nation’s commitment to discovery and innovation.”
He added: “This is a momentous achievement and I can’t wait to see the incredible discoveries produced by Perseverance and our team.”
It is planned that the number of collected samples from the Martian soil will reach 43 samples from several parts including the Jezero region.
Scientists believe that Jezero was an old habitat for micro creatures, so the soon-to-be-collected samples would help scientists to understand the geological history of the Red Planet.