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Perseverance rover to drill for second sample on Mars

Perseverenace will attempt to collect a second sample from the same rock that it collected the first core from.

The rock from which Perseverance drilled the first sample.

The rover studies the rocks around them to understand how the area was formed. (Photo: Nasa)

Days after the Perseverance rover successfully scooped the first sample from the Martian surface to be brought to Earth in future, the SUV-sized rover is already gearing up for its second scoop.

The rover will attempt to collect a second sample from the same rock it collected the first from in the Jazero crater. The robotic geologist, which is looking for the first signs of ancient microbial life on the Red Planet, is storing the core samples to be retrieved by future missions bound to Earth. The rover will core the sample from a rock nicknamed “Rochette.”

Perseverance made the first attempt to collect a sample in early August, but the rock crumbled during the process of drilling and coring. For its second attempt, the rover drove to a different location, where the team…

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