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NASA’s Perseverance to attempt second Mars soil scoop, hoping rocks don’t ‘crumble’

22/08/2021 09:10 AM | Click to read full article

NASA’s Mars rover, Perseverance, is getting ready for another attempt, in the coming weeks, to scoop up Martian rocks after its first attempt earlier this month didn’t play out as engineers expected. The rover’s sample-caching arm worked, engineers say, but the sampling tube turned up empty.

Now the rover will drive to a new location called Citadelle for a second shot at picking up its first rock sample. This time, to make sure a sample is actually collected.