Mars befriended a piece of rock four months ago and they haven’t been separated since. The rover examined the rocks in Jezero’s pit when the piece of stone joined his adventures.
While cruising, a piece of rock bounced off Mars’ front left wheel in February, and it hasn’t moved since. CNN writes.
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The rugged piece of rock was captured by Perseverance’s left emergency camera, the rock covering more than 8.5 miles on rough terrain flattening the Martian wheel in four months. A piece of stone does not harm the government nor hinder its work and progress.
Perseverance isn’t the first Martian to “adopt” a rock. The Spirit rover, which was active from 2004 to 2010, discovered a rock the size of a potato in its right rear wheel at the beginning of its journey. The stone blocked the wheel, so NASA scientists had to remove it, while several stones had already turned in the right front wheel of the Curiosity rover.
Perseverance is currently engaged in core drilling and the study of sedimentary rocks. These rocks were formed, according to NASA, billions of years ago when the area was still covered with water.
Cover photo: NASA Perseverance US Marship (Photo: MTI/EPA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)