Well, they weren’t exactly modest, but were rather slow to reveal themselves. Until this week, that is, when the team that manages the machine decided to give us a taste of the discoveries that could be decisive for the success of future missions to Mars and our understanding of the planet. .
As reported, the rover landed in Jezero Crater, a 45 km (28 mile) diameter formation that would once have been filled with water. “Was thought” because now, through perseverance, we humans know for sure that it was.
The first finding shared with the public is that âThe bedrock that the six-wheeled explorer has been rolling on since landing in February was likely formed from red-hot magma.âWe are not told how this happened, as several options are currently being studied, including the existence of an extinct volcano in the region.
Then, in the dust on the area’s unabraded rock, Perseverance found signs of the crater. âInteracted with water many times over the eonsâ. Most importantly, it also contains organic molecules.
Now, before you get carried away, know that organic molecules don’t necessarily mean “That life once existed in Jezero”, because they can occur by both biological and non-biological mechanisms.
Scientists will use data from Perseverance and the rover’s sophisticated instruments to “understand the environment in which organic matter was formed â, and only these discoveries will shed light on the possible existence of life on Mars.
The video below, made with a photo taken by the rover’s Mastcam-Z instrument, has been posted with these findings and shows the delta at Jezero, seen second through enhanced colors. Full details of the results can be found on this link.