NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover collects 9th Red Planet sample

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is digging into the surface of the Red Planet on the hunt for evidence of running water in the planet’s past — and signs of ancient Mars life, if it ever existed.

Perseverance is currently exploring an ancient river delta inside Jezero Crater and recently collected its ninth Martian rock sample not far from where it originally landed in February 2021, mission team announced members.

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