Mars rocks collected by Perseverance boost case for ancient life

  NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has now collected two rock samples, with signs that they were in contact with water for a long period of time boosting the case for ancient life on the Red Planet. "It looks like our first rocks reveal a potentially habitable sustained environment," said Ken Farley, project scientist for the mission, in a statement Friday. "It's a big deal that the water was there for a long time." The six-wheeled robot collected its first sample, dubbed "Montdenier" on September 6, and its second, "Montagnac" from the same  rock  on September 8. Both samples, slightly wider than a pencil in diameter and about six centimeters long, are now stored in sealed tubes in the rover's interior. ALSO, READ- India's first Paralympic Gold in shooting won by Avani Lekhara A first attempt at collecting a  sample  in early August failed after the rock proved too crumbly to withstand Perseverance's drill. The rover has been o

Venus hotter than ever: 3rd new robotic explorer on horizon

Venus hotter than ever: 3rd new robotic explorer on horizon

Venus is hotter than ever, with a third new robotic explorer on the horizon.

 Seven days after NASA reported two new missions to our nearest neighbor, the European Space Agency said Thursday it will dispatch a Venus-circling shuttle in the mid-2030s. Named EnVision, the orbiter will endeavor to clarify why Venus is so "fiercely extraordinary" from Earth, despite the fact that the two planets are comparable in size and structure. 

NASA will give EnVision's radar. 

NASA's own pair of forthcoming missions to our nearby planetary group's most sultry planet—called DaVinci Plus and Veritas—will be the first for the U.S. in over 30 years. They'll launch at some point around 2028 to 2030. 

"It's a Venus full go-around!" tweeted NASA's top science boss, Thomas Zurbuchen. 

The Europeans have visited all the more as of late, with their Venus Express in real life around the nursery planet until 2014. Japan has had an orbiter around Venus since 2015 to examine the environment. 

It's a restricting spot: the thick carbon dioxide environment is home to sulfuric corrosive mists. 

"Another period in the investigation of our nearest, yet uncontrollably extraordinary, nearby planetary group neighbor anticipates us," the European Space Agency's science chief, Gunther Hasinger, said in an articulation.


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