Successful Core #1!
Contributed by Sanna Alwmark
This is my most recent favorite image! On Sept 1st, 2021 (mission sol 190) Perseverance’s robotic arm drilled into a Mars rock named “Rochette” and retrieved its first successful rock core. Mastcam-Z imaged the contents of the corer, bit, and unsealed tube, and transmitted the images back to Earth – confirming the success of this historic effort. This image shows the core in the unsealed tube.
See also this related NASA posting: https://mars.nasa.gov/news/9029/nasas-perseverance-rover-collects-first-mars-rock-sample/
September 1, 2021