Perseverance rover finds remnants of ancient life ... in Australia

NASA specialists are currently preparing the new Perseverance rover for its first mission to the Red Planet. And for this, they conduct extensive tests in the deserts of Australia.

The Perseverance mission, which kicks off in July this year, will focus on the search for ancient microbial life on Mars. The rover has already shown itself excellently in this matter - during the very first tests on Flinders Ridge in Australia, it found physical fossils and the remains of ancient microbes that lived in the region hundreds of millions of years ago.

The findings allowed scientists to draw conclusions about the environmental conditions in which these microorganisms existed. The results of the study were published in the journal Astrobiology and in the future will help in the study of life on other planets.

“Interestingly, we were able to find traces of ancient microorganisms from the Cambrian period - a time when the development of terrestrial animals was just beginning, ” says astrobiologist from the University of New South Wales Bonnie Tees. "We found biomarkers, organic compounds, and physical fossils and minerals associated with the biological life of that period."

Tees points out that Flinders Ridge reproduces the conditions in which Perseverance will have to work on Mars very well. It is a desert, dusty region with strong winds. Any finds in this location may show signs of significant wear and tear due to the effects of changes in temperature, pressure and wind. However, Perseverance has already clearly proven that it can work and get results even in such difficult conditions.