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NASA’s Perseverance begins its search for ancient life on Mars

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After launching in July 2020, NASA’s Perseverance touched down on Mars at around 3:55 PM ET yesterday, following a smooth descent to the surface. Perseverance’s engineering cameras shared images from the landing site shortly after touchdown. If you’re waiting on high-resolution images for your next PC or smartphone wallpaper, you’ll have to wait on NASA a little longer.

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Perseverance will use imaging and ultraviolet cameras to hunt down a promising dig site somewhere inside the Jezero Crater, a 28-mile section of Mars that was once an ancient river or lake. NASA believes that a body of water, roughly the size of Lake Tahoe, existed there between 3 and 4 billion years ago. The space agency hopes to find signs of ancient microbial life, maybe some preserved organic molecules, when Perseverance drills into the crater’s surface.

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