New York (The Verge) — NASA’s new Mars rover is about to embark on a hunt for ancient alien life trib.al/NoBwdoQ.
On July 30th, NASA plans to launch its next rover to Mars, a robot called Perseverance that will dig up samples that could one day be returned to Earth for study.
The rover, named Perseverance, is one of NASA’s most ambitious planetary missions to date. Not only is the bot designed to analyze Martian rocks for signs of past life, but the rover will also cache dozens of samples to leave somewhere on the Martian surface. These samples will weather the next decade on Mars, awaiting the day that another robotic spacecraft arrives, picks them up, and blasts off. The samples will then travel back to our planet, where eager scientists will be waiting to receive them. — Loren Grush/@verge