Monday, January 24

Perseverance on Mars: Why it would be good news if you didn’t discover life on the red planet

  • Caesar Minor-Salvan
  • The Conversation*

Rocks and dust on the surface of Mars, Perseverance's footprints can also be seen


The footprints of the Perseverance robot can be seen in this image captured by one of its cameras on March 5. One of the mission’s goals is to look for signs of ancient microbial life.

On February 18, 2021, the Perseverance rover landed in the Jezero crater of Mars, which will study the composition of rocks, the subsoil and the climate.

This was the first success of the Mars 2020 mission and its development had Spanish participation: MEDA is an environmental station developed by the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA).

The arrival of Perseverance has fueled the debate about whether there is or was life on Mars, and its present or past habitability.

HabitabilityIt does not mean that humans can build a house there, but it defines the geochemical and environmental conditions favorable for the origin and evolution of life.

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