Mars rover landing: How NASA’s ‘most complex’ rover to date will hunt down alien life | Science | News

And the experiments do not stop there, because Perseverance comes equipped with tools that could one day aid the human exploration of Mars.

Professor Smith: “Whilst Perseverance’s major scientific role is to look at the rocks and search for signs of ancient life, it also has a very important job in helping plan for future human exploration of the red planet – it has an instrument called MOXIE, which will test whether it is possible to extract oxygen from Mars’ carbon dioxide atmosphere.

“The SHERLOC calibration target also includes small pieces of different materials that could be used to make the spacesuits that the astronauts would wear on a Mars mission.

“These will be monitored over the course of the mission to see how they stand up to the rigours of the Martian environment.”


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