NASA has confirmed that the Perseverance Rover has collected its first rock sample on Mars.
It’s an historic moment in space exploration. The sample is the first ever rock section collected on another planet intended for return to Earth.
In the image above you can see the hole in the large rock where the sample was taken form.
Images and sensors on the rover confirmed that the rock sample was safely stored inside a titanium sampling tube. The rover uses a drilling system which is attached to its long arm to collect a finger sized sample of the rock.
This was the second attempt at collecting a sample. The first attempt failed when the sample was not stored correctly in the tube.
Perseverance will continue to move across Mars and collect more samples. The sample will return back to earth later this decade.
The Perseverance rover landed on Mars back in February, and it’s purpose is to search for samples that could help scientists on Earth learn more about life on Mars.
So far, the rover has travelled just under 2km from its landing spot.