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Perseverance set for its first sample on Mars, but bring a snack because it's going to take a while


Neil Armstrong's first lunar sample collection took three minutes and 35 seconds. Let's just say Percy is taking a slow and steady pace with its first attempt.

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As we await the first human missions to Mars, the robotic population roving and orbiting the Red Planet has been on the rise as of late. Earlier this year, NASA's latest rover, Perseverance, landed on our cosmic neighbor, joining a litany of other probes (active and otherwise) occupying the planet's dusty crimson confines, as space agencies iron out the challenges associated with sending humans to a planet known for extreme temperatures, minimal atmospheric protection and the occasional global dust storm.

On Wednesday, NASA announced that Percy was set to take its first sample on the Martian to unravel the mysteries about the planet's formation and sift for signs of ancient microbial inhabitants.

"When Neil Armstrong took ...


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