NASA’s Perseverance Rover has released its first full-color look at Mars a day after its successful landing — and scientists are fascinated by the rocks it captured on the Red Planet.
Researchers hope the small rocks filled with holes seen next to one of Perseverance’s six wheels holds the key to finding evidence of life on Mars, as the rover prepares for the next stage of its historic mission.
“I love rocks. Look at these right next to my wheel. Are they volcanic or sedimentary? What story do they tell? Can’t wait to find out,” the optimistic robot tweeted Friday.
At a press conference Friday afternoon, NASA scientists echoed the excitement of finding out.
The answer will help determine the region’s geology and past climate — including if life might have once existed beyond Earth.
“If these are volcanic rocks, we are incredibly excited about that from a Mars sample return perspective because we can really nail that age