Scientists Using Perseverance Rover to Study Mysterious Green Rock Found on Mars Written 5 April 2021


NASA’s next Mars rover: “Perseverance” | Credit: NASA

SPACE reported that NASA’s Perseverance rover’s SuperCam laser is studying a green rock that the rover discovered on the Red Planet. The laser works by creating “a cloud of vaporized rock, the composition of which can be analyzed by SuperCam’s cameras and spectrometers.” Scientists “hope that over time, the laser will give us more information about the strange rock’s composition, which could tell scientists whether it formed in place or was transported there by some process. If it didn’t form at its current location, water may have carried it to Jezero Crater or it could be a meteorite like the one that the Curiosity rover spotted in 2014.”
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