Large Martian Rock Creates A Welcoming Shadow In Latest Perseverance Photo

Perseverance has repeatedly shown that Mars is home to countless fascinating rocks, and this latest photo from NASA proves that point yet again. If there's one defining characteristic about Mars, it's the planet's barren environment. Compared to life on Earth, Mars is dramatically different. It has no evident signs of life, no running water, and its surface primarily consists of rocks and sand. Despite all of this, it's a planet many people romanticize as being an eventual home for future humans.

While it'll be decades before we come close to making that happen, the scientists of today are deeply exploring the Red Planet thanks to advanced robotics. With NASA, specifically, it's sent rovers, probes, orbiters, and even a small helicopter to Mars — all in the name of learning as much about it as possible. One of the most notable active robots is Perseverance. Since landing on Mars in February 2021, Perseverance has done wonders for Mars exploration. It's explored fascinating areas of the planet, collected Martian rock samples, and captured thousands of stunning photos for the world to see.

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An excellent example of Perseverance's photography skills is seen in the photo above. It was taken with Perseverance's Left Mastcam-Z camera and acquired by NASA on October 25. After floating around on the NASA website for a few days, the picture was recently voted on as being the 'Image of the Week' for the October 24 - 30 period. Taking a good look at the photo, it's easy to see why.

There are a few noteworthy tidbits in this image. For starters, it reinforces the alien environment of the Martian surface. We can see bright, orange sand covering the ground and rocks jutting out from beneath. Said rocks also appear to have a rough/coarse texture, likely due to years of frequent sandstorms and acid fog. What's particularly eye-catching is the large rock casting a shadow on the ground beneath it. It's difficult to gauge the actual size of the rock in the photo, but it looks like a cool place to rest after hours of trekking across the planet.

Of course, this is far from the first rock Perseverance has captured during its journies. Other photos have showcased rocks that look like frogs (seen above), tall formations with multiple layers, and crowds of Martian rocks of varying shapes/sizes. Whether it be rocks or massive sand dunes, these pictures are excellent reminders of the type of planet Mars really is. The idea of humans living there one day is exciting, but there's a tremendous amount of work to be done before we're even remotely close to that happening. In the meantime, we'll keep checking in with these Perseverance photos and enjoy the view from here.

Next: Curiosity Stares Down A Martian Mountain In New Rover Photo

Source: NASA

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