Composed of multiple images from NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, this mosaic shows a rocky outcrop called "Wildcat Ridge," where the rover extracted two rock cores and abraded a circular patch to investigate the rock's composition.The site is in the delta, a fan-shaped area where, billions of years ago, a river once flowed into a lake in Jezero Crater. Scientists consider this area one of the best places on Mars to search for potential signs of ancient microbial life.The images were obtained by the Mastcam-Z instrument on Aug. 4, 2022, the 518th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission. For scale, the bright circular abrasion patch on the right is approximately 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter.The color bands of…
This pair of images shows two cylinders of rock the size of classroom chalk inside the drill of NASAs Perseverance rover from an outcrop called Skinner Ridge in Mars Jezero Crater.
This pair of images from NASAs Perseverance shows close-up views of two rock types the rover investigated in the delta area of Mars Jezero Crater.
NASAs Perseverance rover puts its robotic arm to work around a rocky outcrop called Skinner Ridge in Mars Jezero Crater.
NASAs Perseverance rover collected rock samples for possible return to Earth in the future from two locations seen in this image of Mars Jezero Crater: Wildcat Ridge and Skinner Ridge.
NASAs Perseverance rover has been investigating rocks at the front of the delta in Mars Jezero Crater along the path indicated in this annotated image taken by the agencys Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
Intriguing Martian rocks surround NASAs Perseverance rover in this panorama showing an ancient river delta, made from images captured by the Mastcam-Z camera system.