Life on Mars: Perseverance will land in crater where life 'would have lived' if it started

Professor Caroline Smith of the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London, believes Perseverance is the perfect mission to explore Jezero – or rather what lurks beneath – for evidence of fossilised ancient life.

In particular, Professor Smith told the rover’s instruments and cameras provide the right tools to study the textures and features of Martian rock the rover will encounter.

Perhaps even more importantly, the rover’s SuperCam tool will use lasers and spectrometers to look for chemical biosignatures indicative of past life.

Professor Smith, who is the head of Earth sciences collections at the NHM, is also a member of the Perseverance science team and will be studying the various rocks found in the Martian crater.


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