A overhead view of the fossil site at Nilpena from an angle where hills and sky are visible. tracks and paths can be seen on bare earth with some small scrubs visible as the only plant life.Jack with a Mars Planetary Protection document.A hole in the ice sits in the center of the image. The ice glows red due to the color of the tent covering the hole. A yellow and red cable extends down into the hole.Science Communication Aboard the JOIDES Resolution. Scientific Ocean Drilling and the Search for Life on Other Worlds
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Illustration of the Perseverance rover arriving on Mars.

NASA's Mars 2020 mission is the next step in NASA's long-term robotic exploration of Mars. The rover Perseverance will provide important data relevant to astrobiology research, along with a vast amount of geological information about the landing site and the planet at large that will help put the astrobiological data into context.

Perseverance will not be looking for organisms living on Mars today. However, the rover will collect data that could be used to identify biosignatures of ancient microbial life.

What really sets this mission apart is that Perseverance will be collecting a suite of samples to be returned to Earth via a Mars Sample Return mission. The opportunity to bring back samples from another planet will allow our researchers to interrogate them with all of the sophistication and thoroughness that Earth-based instrumentation provides.

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