NASA announced on September 1 that data from the rover shows that the first rock sample from Mars has been successfully taken.
The samples are expected to help scientists determine if there was life on the Red Planet billions of years ago after the vehicle returned to Earth.
The Perseverance rover, built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and powered by plutonium fuel, landed on Mars on February 18, about 7 months after its launch on July 30, 2020.
For the realization of the new mission of Perseverance on the red planet, which has the most advanced technological characteristics among the vehicles sent to Mars, $ 2.4 billion has been spent on infrastructure works, and $ 300 million has been spent on the system to land and operate the vehicle.
Last month, Perseverance’s first attempt to collect samples on Mars failed, so NASA developed a new protocol.