Jezero Crater

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Jezero crater was chosen as the landing site for the Mars 2020 rover mission.[1] [2] [3] Perseverance was the name picked for the rover; it landed right on target near the delta on February 18, 2021.[4]

Jezero is an impact crater located at 18.855 N and 77.519 E (282.481 W) in the Syrtis Major quadrangle.[5] [6] It is 47.52 Km in diameter.[7] The crater was named after one of the towns with this name in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[8]

Features near Jezero Crater

                             Features near Jezero Crater

Close view of features in and around Jezero Crater

                    Close view of features in and around Jezero Crater

Rivers on the left side of Jezero carried water into the crater, while the overflow went out at the upper right.

Rivers on the left side of Jezero carried water into the crater, while the overflow went out at the upper right.


Jezero Crater Delta

Drawing and actual pictures of Perseverance actual landing on Mars

                  Drawing and actual pictures of Perseverance actual landing on Mars

This is the first 360-degree panorama taken by Mastcam-Z, a zoomable pair of cameras aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover


This is the first 360-degree panorama taken by Mastcam-Z, a zoomable pair of cameras aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover.

Rocket Scour and Wheel Prints https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA24488 Taken on March 5, 2021, this color-calibrated image from a Navigation Camera aboard NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover shows tracks from the rover's first drive (darker marks in the foreground) and an area scoured by the Mars 2020 mission's descent stage rockets (lighter-colored area in the middle ground).

Rocket Scour and Wheel Prints https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA24488 Taken on March 5, 2021, this color-calibrated image from a Navigation Camera aboard NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover shows tracks from the rover's first drive (darker marks in the foreground) and an area scoured by the Mars 2020 mission's descent stage rockets (lighter-colored area in the middle ground).


Features near Jezero Crater

                             Features in Jezero Crater near delta

Distances from landing site to various features in Jezero Crater

                       Distances from landing site to various features in Jezero Crater

Possible paths for Perseverance in Jezero Crater Possible paths for Perseverance in Jezero Crater Mesa is shown from the ground and from orbit.

Thought to have once been flooded with water, the crater contains a fan-delta deposit rich in clays.[9] The lake in the crater was present when valley networks were forming on Mars.[10] [11] Besides having a delta, the crater shows point bars and inverted channels. From a study of the delta and channels, it was concluded that water stayed in the lake for a time; it did not experience times when the water went down. It probably formed when there was continual surface runoff.[12] Jezero Crater is found on the western edge of Isidis Planitia, which is a giant impact basin just north of the Martian equator. This location contains some of the oldest and most scientifically interesting landscapes of Mars. It is thought that Jezero may hold ancient organic molecules and other signs of microbial life because water and sediments collected in the crater billions of years ago when conditions were much more favorable for life.

A team, lead by Briony Horgan used the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), high resolution imagery, and digital elevation models, to discover places in Jezero Crater that contain carbonates. These minerals they named “Marginal Carbonates” are found along the inside margin of the crater, near the largest valley and in a delta in the west. The authors of the paper believe they were formed in an old lake in Jezero. Evidence of life could be found in these deposits by the 2020 Rover. Even large fossils of strmatolites could be present.[13] [14]

The Mars 2020 rover mission will be able to examine at least 5 types of rock, including clays and carbonates.[15] These can preserve signs of ancient life. Additional materials probably washed in from the surroundings; therefore, we will be able to determine mineral information about the area around the crater.

On September 6, 2021 NASA announced that Perseverance rover collected its first sample of a Martian rock. Perseverance’s rotary-percussive drill on its robotic arm cored into a flat, briefcase-size rock. It has been called “Rochette.” The sample was slightly thicker than a pencil. It is now enclosed in an airtight titanium sample tube, making it available for retrieval in the future. NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) are planning future missions to return the rover’s sample tubes to Earth. This first sample was placed in sample tube serial number 266.[16]

The collection from Rochette came a month after the rover tried and failed to collect a sample from another rock, called “Roubion.” The first sample attempt failed because the rock was softer; hence it crumbled.[17]

Before drilling to get the core sample from the rock, scientists used instruments on the rover to learn more about its composition. They determined that the rock was basaltic and contained salt crystals. The salts may have formed from groundwater or more likely from liquid water that had evaporated into the thin Martian atmosphere. It is hoped that the crystals may also have trapped tiny bubbles of water.[18]


In October 2021, an article was published online by the journal Science about some initial results from photos from Perseverance. It was confirmed that there is an actual delta in Jeezero Crater because the typical layers in a delta were seen. Scientists called them bottomsets, foresets and topsets. They were found in a steeply fronted Gilbert-type delta. Since meter-scale boulders were found that may have traveled tens of km, the researchers believe that much rapidly moving water was present at times.[19] [20]


References

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  2. https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7286&utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nasajpl&utm_content=daily20181119-2
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  5. https://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/PSP_007925_1990
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  7. https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14300
  8. https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14300
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  10. Fassett and Head Iii, 2005 C.I. Fassett, J.W. Head Iii Fluvial sedimentary deposits on Mars: ancient deltas in a crater lake in the Nili Fossae region Geophys. Res. Lett., 32 (14) (2005), 10.1029/2005GL023456 n/a–n/a
  11. Fassett and Head Iii, 2008 C.I. Fassett, J.W. Head Iii. Valley network-fed, open-basin lakes on Mars: distribution and implications for Noachian surface and subsurface hydrology Icarus, 198 (1) (2008), pp. 37-56, 10.1016/j.icarus.2008.06.016
  12. Goudge, T., et al. 2017. STRATIGRAPHY AND EVOLUTION OF DELTA CHANNEL DEPOSITS, JEZERO CRATER, MARS. Lunar and Planetary Science XLVIII (2017). 1195.pdf.
  13. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0019103518306067
  14. Horgan, B., et al. 2019. The mineral diversity of Jezero crater: Evidence for possible lacustrine carbonates on Mars. Icarus. In press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2019.113526
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  17. https://spacenews.com/perseverance-collects-first-mars-samples/
  18. https://mars.nasa.gov/news/9036/nasas-perseverance-rover-collects-puzzle-pieces-of-mars-history/
  19. https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abl4051
  20. Mangold, N., al al. 2021. Perseverance rover reveals an ancient delta-lake system and flood deposits at Jezero crater, Mars. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.abl4051

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