NASA's Perseverance Rover Snaps an Extreme Closeup of 10th Mars Sample

 Its first images have surprised and wowed and dazzled and bewildered,

on average, around 140 million miles away only a year and a half ago.

On Tuesday, NASA revealed an extreme closeup of its latest sample -- the 10th -- and it's every bit as interesting as Webb's images from earlier today

 the samples are about as thin as a pinky finger but that doesn't mean they're dense with information.

Scientists hope to study the samples in the coming decade, analyzing their chemical composition and maybe even seeking signs of ancient life

 NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will send a spacecraft to Mars to collect the cores.

The Japanese space agency's MMX mission will attempt to land on Phobos, Mars' curious potato-shaped moon, and retrieve samples from its

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