“Was there life on Mars? British scientists play key role in NASA’s mission to the Red Planet

“Was there life on Mars?  British scientists play key role in NASA's mission to the Red Planet

The rover’s mission – backed by the UK government – is to explore and collect samples for future return to Earth from various ancient environments on Mars. Backed by more than £ 400,000 in funds from the British Space Agency, researchers at Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum will help decide which samples will be sent to Earth in search of evidence of ancient microbial life on Mars .

The research destination is Jezero Crater, a 45 km wide depression containing sediments from an ancient river delta. Here, evidence of past life could be preserved. The Perseverance rover will collect samples of Martian rocks and soil using its drill. The rover will then store the sample cores in tubes on the Martian surface, ready for a return mission to bring about 30 samples to Earth in the early 2030s.

Jezero Crater on Mars, Perseverance Landing site. Credit: ESA_DLR_FU-Berlin

It takes scientists, artists and engineers from all over the world, all working together to lead a successful mission.

Find out about their history and how you can get involved rod.org.uk/mars.

Back on Earth, Professor Sanjeev Gupta of Imperial College London will help NASA …

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