New Delhi: Images sent back by NASA’s Perseverance rover have revealed the existence of a 3.7 billion-year-old ancient river delta that will now guide scientists in their search for evidence of ancient life.
According to a study, the discovery provides clues that will guide the search for evidence of ancient life. The study analyzed high-resolution images captured by the rover of rocks that were once the edge of the delta. images taken by persistence rover Revealed the watery past of Jezero Crater.
The images were shared by NASA with the caption, “From space, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and other spacecraft gave us tantalizing clues about Jezero Crater’s watery past. Now that the @NASAPersevere rover is providing close-ups from the ground Scientists have encountered some geological surprises.”
From space, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and other spacecraft gave us clues about Jezero Crater’s watery past. Now he @NASAPersevere Providing the rover is providing close-ups from the ground, scientists have encountered some geological surprises: https://t.co/9tXmiFNsDS pic.twitter.com/ern4PqRkV6
— NASA Mars (@NASAMars) October 7, 2021
The study also said the findings could help Persevere achieve its scientific mission of finding signs of past life and collecting samples to return to Earth in the future.
Professor Sanjeev Gupta, from Imperial College London’s Department of Earth Sciences and Engineering, co-lead author on the paper, said: “These results have an impact on the strategy of selecting rocks for sampling. The finest granular materials at the bottom are probably organics and biosignatures in the delta.” Our best bet is to find evidence of K, and the boulders at the top will enable us to sample older fragments of crustal rocks. Both are the main objectives for sampling and caching rocks prior to Mars sample return – a future mission in To bring the samples back to Earth.”