Perseverance Mars rover finds surprising volcanic rocks in once lake-filled crater


The stunning discovery of volcanic, “igneous,” rocks by NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover on the Jezero Crater’s flooring may very well be the important thing to unlocking Mars’ local weather historical past and revealing precisely when it was moist and doubtlessly liveable, in keeping with a complete evaluation of findings made throughout Perseverance’s first yr on the Red Planet.

“We were very excited to find igneous rocks,” Ken Farley, a professor of geochemistry at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), venture scientist on the mission and lead writer of the brand new paper, advised Space.com.

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