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NASA Mars rover successfully collects its first rock sample for return

03/09/2021 03:09 PM | Click to read full article

NASA’s newest Mars rover may have successfully collected its first rock sample for return to Earth, after last month’s attempt came up empty. The Perseverance rover’s chief engineer, Adam Steltzner, called it a perfect core sample.

But NASA later said it was awaiting more photos before declaring success although the “team is confident that the sample is in the tube.”