By Ergun Boz | Tue, 11/01/2022 - 22:26

NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover has arrived at an ancient delta in Jezero Crater, one of the best places to look for signs of potential ancient life on the Red Planet. The delta is an area where scientists estimate a river once flowed into a lake billions of years ago and deposited a fan-shaped sediment. Rachel Kronyak, a member of the Perseverance science operations team, guides the viewer through this panorama of Mars and its intriguing sedimentary rocks. Consisting of 2.5 billion pixels and created from 1,118 individual Mastcam-Z images, this is the most detailed image ever of the Martian surface. These images were taken on 12, 13, 16, 17 and 20 June 2022 (466, 467, 470, 471 and 474th Martian day or left of the Perseverance mission). This panorama shows the area called Hogwallow Flats and Skinner Ridge, from which two rock core samples were taken. Color enhancement in this image improves visual contrast and highlights color differences. This makes it easy for the science team to use their daily experience to interpret the landscape.