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MARS’ JEZERO CRATER ANALYSIS BY NASA’S PERSEVERANCE ROVER

MARS’ JEZERO CRATER ANALYSIS BY NASA’S PERSEVERANCE ROVER

Context:

Preliminary scientific analysis of images taken by NASA's Perseverance rover has now confirmed that Mars' Jezero crater - today a dry, wind-blown problem - was once a peaceful lake, fed slightly by a small river about 3.7 billion years ago.

Key Findings:

  • Photographs also provide evidence that the pit endured flash floods.
  • These floodwaters were strong enough to move large boulders from tens of miles upstream and deposit them into the lakebed, where the massive rocks lie today.

About Perseverance Rover:

  • It is a car-sized Mars rover designed to explore the crater Jezero on Mars as part of NASA's Mars 2020 mission.
  • It was launched in 2020 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V.
  • On February 18, 2021, the Perseverance rover landed on the floor of the Jezero crater.
  • It was manufactured by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and launched on 30 July 2020.
  • Confirmation that the rover successfully landed on Mars was received on 18 February 2021.
  • As of 16 October 2021, Perseverance has been active on Mars for 233 sols (240 Earth days) since its landing. Following the rover's arrival, NASA named the landing site Octavia E. Butler Landing.

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