Friday, 12 August, 2022
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‘Enchanted Lake’ on Mars

‘Enchanted Lake’ on Mars

NASA has shared images of the “Enchanted Lake” on Mars, where scientists believe that the Perseverance rover could find the first evidence of extraterrestrial life.

The Enchanted Lake is a rocky outcrop, informally named after a landmark in an Alaskan National Park. The image was captured by the rover’s Hazard Avoidance Cameras.

Taken near the base of the Jezero Crater’s delta, the image provided scientists with the first close up of sedimentary rocks. Such sedimentary rocks are formed when fine particles carried by the atmosphere or water are deposited in layers which turn into rocks over time. The feature is called Enchanted Lake, it is dry.

But scientists believe that water did exist here in the past and there is a chance that it could have harboured life when it did.