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Persistence rover on Enchanted Lake on Mars; NASA says ‘best place to find signs of life’

NASA’s Perseverance rover has arrived at what is believed to be one of the best places to look for signs of ancient life on Mars. Called ‘Enchanted Lake’, the spot is an outcrop with layered rocks at the base of Jezero Crater, the landing of the firmament and the site of the current exploration. The spot is named after a landmark in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve, and the image it contains was taken on April 30 by one of Perseverance’s Hazard Avoidance Cameras (HaZCAM).

How is Enchanted Lake the best place to find signs of life?

The mission team that explored the area through persistence believes that the delta formed at the convergence of a Martian river and a crater lake, billions of years ago, at the western edge of Jezero Crater. It is because of this watery history that experts find this location with the most promise of yielding clues to microbial life on Mars, the primary object of persistence.

“When I saw the HazCam image of Enchanted Lake, it was love at first sight,” Katie Stack Morgan, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover, said in a statement. “This image provided our first up-close glimpse of sedimentary rocks—the ones I’ve been most eager to explore since Jezero was named the landing site for persistence nearly four years ago.”

She further revealed that Enchanted Lake marked the mission team’s first encounter with sedimentary rocks in Jezero Crater. Sedimentary rocks are formed when fine particles are carried by running water, deposited as layers and eventually turned into rocks. “Even if we find other targets in the delta to sample, I will always have a special place in my heart for rocks,” said Stack Morgan, which showed me that we sent the rover to the right place. “

Currently, the firmament stands at a site called the “Hogwalo Flats” which is an area of ​​sedimentary rocks. In this area, the rover will sample and analyze a few more rocks and then the team will decide to either return to Enchanted Lake or explore other new sites.

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