From the rover Perseverance have been obtained some images for which NASA is investigating a “intriguing” bedrock In mars. According to the data obtained by the aircraft sent by NASA and whose final objective is to exchange samples of the red planet between the ESA (European Space Agency) and the North American agency, it has been specified that an area is being explored, called “Yori Pass”near the Jezero crater on Mars.
In the words of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)have become “eager” about the exploration of the area for several months after seeing a rock very similar to one Perseverance collected in July. The peculiarity and what has most attracted the attention of the scientists is that it is sandstonecomposed of fine grains that have been transported by the water before settling.
These samples are of great importance to initiate the sample return campaign. “We often give priority to the study of rocks fine-grained sedimentary rocks like this in our search for organic and potential biosignatures,” said Katie Stack Morgan, Associate Scientist of the Perseverance project.
Another of the conditions that has raised the curiosity of the scientific community the most has been the area in which it is located. “Something especially interesting about the Yori Pass outcrop is that it is laterally equivalent to “Hogwallow Flats”, where we find very fine-grained sedimentary rocks. That means the bedrock is located at the same taller than Hogwallow.”
One of the objectives of the rover perseverance is to find any kind of biological sample in Jezero crater (element, molecule, substance…). In addition to the 14 samples, they have been able to collect atmospheric samples and three control tubeswhich are stored on the rover.
Once the Yori Pass sample is collected, Perseverance will travel about 230 meters southeast. The limit will be found in a ripple steep sand, located in a dune field and called “Observation Mountain”. At this point, the rover will collect lThe first samples of regolith.