Hello Everyone. I am sorry for missing the weekly blog last week. I was traveling for the week so I didn’t have time. Also, because next week is spring break I will not post next week either. But let’s get into this week’s. The Mars rover has had a pretty packed first month. It has been driving around on the Martian surface and taking samples. This might not seem like a lot of work but the rover has to take a sample then test it for life and then “poop” out the container. Perseverance and NASA are trying to find the best spot to test out Ingenuity. Some of you might not remember who Ingenuity is. Ingenuity is the helicopter that stores on the bottom of the rover.
According to NASA, everything has gone smoothly on Mars! But, Perseverance has discovered a couple of cool things! This is one of them. Perseverance has discovered a special rock that NASA has named Máaz. NASA has discovered that Máaz is just a basaltic rock. If you are wondering the definition of a basaltic rock is, “Basalt is a fine-grained extrusive igneous rock formed from the rapid cooling of low-viscosity lava rich in magnesium and iron exposed at or very near the surface of a rocky planet or a moon.“
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This is a photo of Perseverance taking its first drive. Credits go to NASA.
This is a photo of Máaz. Credits go to NASA.