New champion from Mars, Perseverance finds mineral Olivine within it

A few days ago we had anticipated it, some Martian rocks in the South Sèitah area were intriguing the NASA team responsible for the Perseverance rover, therefore the most recent images arrived from the red planet highlighted the intention to collect a sample before to leave the area.

It all started with a first superficial abrasion of the rocky stratification called Brac and finally the confirmation arrived that the coring was successful, so another test tube with a load of Martian rock was stored inside the rover.

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NASA recently shared the first images thanks to which we can clearly see the robotic arm in action (at the head), the sample inside the storage mechanism and finally the perforated rock. But these first photos were accompanied by a very interesting detail, we talk about it after having seen them closely.

The first spectrometric analyzes of the Brac sample yielded a rather interesting data, that is the strong presence of a rock quite common in its granular form called Mineral Olivine which is also present on our planet. The space agency has not provided answers at the moment but apparently there are several hypotheses being examined by geologists.

This typology is known to be a fundamental component of many rocks, especially magmatic, but olivine has also been found very often in meteorites and therefore the value of this discovery remains to be understood. In the meantime, Perseverance should have finished its campaign in the south and in these days the long route will begin that will initially bring it back to the starting location, and then leave for the ancient river delta.

He will be accompanied once again by the Ingenuity helicopter which will provide valuable aerial reconnaissance along the way. The main objective of this second scientific phase will be to analyze what scientists have already defined as the most interesting area of ​​the Jezero crater … since if there is a place where to find ancient signs of life this is certainly the most suitable. We will update you soon with more news from the red planet, stay tuned!

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