The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has achieved great success on Mars. NASA’s Perseverance rover has collected the first sample of Martian rock. The Perseverance rover has taken a sample equal to the width of a pencil from the crater named Jezero on Monday. The rock sample is placed in an airtight titanium tube.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California has called it historic. NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) are planning a series of missions in the near future to bring the sample back to Earth and study it. Let us tell you that for the first time samples from another planet will be brought to Earth.
NASA tweeted with a photo of the rock fragment, ‘It’s official: I have collected the first sample of rock drilled on another planet. Preparations are underway to return the sample to Earth. It is very unique in itself.
It’s official: I’ve now captured, sealed, and stored the first core sample ever drilled on another planet, in a quest to return samples to Earth. It’s the first in a one-of-a-kind Martian rock collection. #SamplingMars
— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) September 6, 2021
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said that NASA has a long history of setting ambitious goals and then meeting them, which shows our nation’s commitment to discovery and innovation. This is a significant achievement and I can’t wait to see the incredible discovery made by our team.
The process of sampling the rock on Mars began on September 1. There was confusion due to some of the pictures taken during this time being not clear. After this, the sample of the rock could be confirmed by new images taken again. Let us tell you that last month also, NASA’s rover tried to collect samples of the rock. However, during this time the rover could not find anything due to the powder being on the rock.