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Perseverance Rover Marks 1,000 Martian Days on the Red Planet

Perseverance, NASA’s Mars rover, has spent 1,000 sols exploring the Red Planet.

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Rover Celebrates 1,000 Mars Days

The car-sized rover landed on Mars in February 2021 and has been probing Jezero Crater for ancient life. Perseverance and the Ingenuity helicopter are in the crater, where a billion-year-old lake was.

The rover studies the crater’s geology to determine its past, focusing on delta rocks produced when a big lake inhabited it. Perseverance can analyze Martian materials and detect volcanic rock on the crater floor.

The scientists also found debris from a river that formed a large lake near Jezero. The delta in the crater is being studied for Mars’ ancient secrets. Perseverance collects and stores rock samples for a 2030s Earth return trip in addition to geological studies. These samples, like ‘Lefroy Bay’ and ‘Otis Peak,’ contain fine-grained silica and phosphate, which preserve fossils and life.

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Ingenuity Marks 1,000 Days on Mars with Surprising Success

Perseverance’s little helicopter, Ingenuity, has reached 1,000 Martian sols. Since becoming a Perseverance scout, Ingenuity has completed 62 flights instead of the five intended.

The persistence team celebrated the rover’s 1,000 sols but stressed that more effort is needed. Perseverance’s mission on Mars to uncover its ancient history is ongoing.

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