Mars Rover Finally Collects Its First Rock Core

Mars Rover Finally Collects Its First Rock Core
(NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

After a failed attempt last month, NASA’s Perseverance rover has successfully drilled, extracted and stored a sample of Martian rock — the first ever Mars sample destined to be flown back to Earth for study.

"This is a momentous achievement," said NASA administrator Bill Nelson in a statement.

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