There is some exciting news about space exploration! Today, the Perseverance rover will land on the Jezero Crater on Mars. Once there, it will examine the area and collect rock samples to send back to Earth.

But did you know that we already have an idea of what the Jezero Crater might look like? This is because of a lake in Turkey called Salda that has a similar landscape.

The two basins have similar mineralogy and geology, containing the same types of carbonate minerals and depositional features. In fact, Jezero Crater is believed to once also have been a lake.

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In the summer of 2019, Briony Horgan, a planetary scientist at Purdue University and member of the Perseverance science team, and colleagues from the Istanbul Technical University visited Lake Salda to study it in order to help guide the search for life at Jezero. What they found were sediments of different origins including the carbonate mineral hydromagnesite.

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