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The first persistent attempt to extract rock samples from Mars failed

mission vehicle perseverance You failed on your first attempt to get A rock sample from the soil of Mars that will be sent to Earth for study, while the causes of the error are still being investigated.

The rover dug a floor lake crater from the red planet to try to extract a finger-sized sample from flat rock slabs, but the drill seems to work as intended, but No stone entered the sample tube, identified the space agency.

“While this is not the ‘hole in one’ we expected, there are always risks in opening new horizons”The head of the NASA science mission said, Thomas Zurbuchen.

The next step would be to use a camera mounted on a robotic arm to inspect the hole from the inside. “And see what’s there”, A NASA project scientist said, Ken Farley.

He added that they saw the rock core is broken or the sample may have turned into sand. “The properties of the rock could be different from what we expected,” claimed.

“It’s a little sad because all of this complex piece of machinery worked so well, the engineering worked so well, but it looks like Mars wasn’t cooperating,” Farley added, adding that he doesn’t see failure as a long-term problem. “We will persevere”, said the scientist, referring to the English name of the Mars probe.

NASA aims Collect up to 31 samples into tubes and saved for assembly in about a decade. The samples are scheduled to be brought to Earth in the early 2030s on another NASA mission with the European Space Agency.

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With AP info.