By Paige W.
On July 30, 2020 NASA launched a rover to Mars. The rover’s name was Perseverance, and its purposes were to collect samples of rock and seek signs of life on Mars. Perseverance landed on Jezero Crater as of February 18, 2021. After landing, the rover captured sounds of wind on Mars, thanks to the SuperCam. The SuperCam can identify chemical and mineral compounds of a target as small as a pencil and as far away as 20 feet (7 meters). The SuperCam is an improved version of another laser (the ChemCam) on Mars’s rover Curiosity. Perseverance’s SuperCam also sent back an audio clip of it using lasers to identify Martian rocks. One rock caught scientists’ attention. The rock, about 6 inches (15c m) long, has a mysterious source. NASA has come up with a list of possible theories on where the rock might have come from.