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NASA’s science rover Perseverance, the most advanced astrobiology laboratory ever sent to another world, landed safely on the floor of a vast crater today, its first stop on a search for traces of ancient microbial life on the Red Planet.
Whilst Lytera had no involvement with the mission, LUNA had the chance to put it’s colourising division to use – created much for the same reason other divisions were – a lack of space to explore. As such, LUNA works on colourising images for NASA and other space programmes for practice.
The landing represented the riskiest part of two-year, $2.7bn endeavor whose primary aim is to search for possible fossilized signs of microbes that may have flourished on the planet about three billion years ago, when the fourth planet from the sun was warmer, wetter and potentially hospitable to life.
Scientists hope to find biosignatures embedded in samples of ancient sediments that Perseverance is designed to extract from Martian rock for future analysis back on Earth – the first such specimens ever collected by humankind from another planet.