Perseverance found volcanic rocks on the floor of Jezero Crater, such as this basaltic rock (center), nicknamed

The Perseverance Mars rover discovers surprising volcanic rocks in a crater that was once a lake

The startling discovery of ‘igneous’ volcanic rocks by NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover on the floor of Jezero Crater could hold the key to unlocking Mars’ climate history and revealing exactly when it was wet and potentially habitable, according to a comprehensive analysis discoveries made during the first year of Perseverance on the red planet.

“We were very excited about finding igneous rocks,” Ken Farley, a geochemistry professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), project scientist on the mission and lead author of the new paper, told Space.com.



The Perseverance Mars rover discovers surprising volcanic rocks in a crater that was once a lake

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