Plucky Mars rover’s perseverance rewarded

Perseverance’s sample success triggers interplanetary relay race.

Rocks on the surface of mars collected by Perseverance as samples
Two holes are visible in the rock, nicknamed “Rochette,” from which NASA’s Perseverance rover obtained its first core samples. The rover drilled the hole on the left, called “Montagnac,” Sept. 7, and the hole on the right, known as “Montdenier,” Sept. 1. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech