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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Collects First Mars Rock Sample

NASA’s Perseverance rover today completed the collection of the first sample of Martian rock, a core from Jezero Crater slightly thicker than a pencil. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California received data that confirmed the historic milestone.   The core is now enclosed in an airtight titanium sample tube, making it available for retrieval in the…

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NASA’s Perseverance Team Assessing First Mars Sampling Attempt

  NASA’s Perseverance Data sent to Earth by NASA’s Perseverance rover after its first attempt to collect a rock sample on Mars and seal it in a sample tube indicate that no rock was collected during the initial sampling activity.   The rover carries 43 titanium sample tubes, and is exploring Jezero Crater, where it will be gathering samples of…

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