Source: Image Credit: NASA/USGS (left) NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL/Purdue/USGS (right)
Published: June 9, 2021

The light-colored sediments seen at the edge of Lake Salda, in Turkey, may have formed with the help of tiny living things. In Jezero Crater, a place on Mars that has geological and mineral characteristics in common with Lake Salda, NASA’s Perseverance Rover is searching for similar signs of ancient life. Evidence of a former river flow along Jezero’s rim suggests that this crater was once a vast lakebed.

Lake Salda is similar in size to the oval-shaped landing area, shown here, that Perseverance targeted for landing.

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