6. Drilling • Earth.com

One of Perseverance’s many pieces of kit is a drill. This can burrow down into the surface of Mars and extract cores of rock stored in tubes. And one day, NASA hopes, a future mission will not only travel to Mars, but it will also fly back to Earth. When that happens, the spacecraft will deliver the cores to scientists on our planet for thorough analysis. Perhaps then they may find evidence of ancient microbial life!

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