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Perseverance finds Mars rocks with totally different shapes and sizes

Everyone knows that Mars is a rocky planet. But what do all these rocks look like? Two new photos from Perseverance offer an incredible look at them.

March is a planet best known for its rocky/dusty environment, and new photos from NASA’s Perseverance show just how varied those rocks can be. Life on Earth is simply fascinating. It has green hills, high mountains, massive oceans and an abundance of life. It is unlike any other known planet in the universe. Despite the challenges Earth is currently facing, this is the best home in all of space.

However, that hasn’t stopped astronomers and scientists from looking at other worlds beyond Earth, specifically Mars. Of all the planets in the solar system, Mars is the primary target as a potential alternate world for humans to live on. It is relatively close to Earth, has a solid surface, and there is evidence of frozen water on the planet. Bitter temperatures and lack of oxygen prevent Mars from being a perfect habitable world, but that hasn’t stopped people from dreaming of a future with humans.

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To this day, rovers like Perseverance are exploring Mars and learning as much as they can about it. Perseverance has been scouring the Martian surface since February in search of ancient life. Part of his job is to take photos of his travels – two of which are featured here. Perseverance captured the photo above on December 13 using their Left Mastcam-Z camera. As you can see, the subject is quite an interesting rock. It protrudes from the sandy surface, appears to have multiple layers/edges, and looks rather large. The lower part of the rock formation has a weathered white look, while the top is covered in Mars’ signature orange sand.


Mars Has Incredibly Tiny Rocks Too


Mars Rock Perseverance Rover
Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

But that’s not the only image Perseverance has recently shared. The rover also uploaded this image on December 13, although it was captured with the Right Mastcam-Z camera. The rocks in this photo are many smaller than what is present in the first. There are a handful of rocks towards the center that look like they could easily fit in someone’s hand. Above and below them are even smaller rocks everywhere – probably no bigger than a pebble on Earth.

Pictures like this are always a lot of fun. Most people know that Mars has a lot of rocks, but what is less known is their wide variety. Some are big, some are small, and there are a handful of really oddly shaped Martian rocks. Bringing humans to Mars is an incredible challenge, but when it does, they’ll have a whole variety of March rocks to see for themselves.


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