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Perseverance Drills Into an Ancient Martian Lake

Water once flowed there —but did life also bloom?

A view of the Jezero Crater, taken by Perseverance. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

When the rover Perseverance landed on Mars, more than a year ago, it did so in an ancient crater. Long ago — billions of years in the past — a river flowed, at least sporadically, into this crater: thus turning it into a lake. That much seems clear. Perseverance, in its time on Mars, has uncovered

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