Sep 07, 2021 08:06 UTC

NASA has confirmed that its Perseverance rover has succeeded in collecting its first rock sample on Mars.

"I've got it!" the space agency tweeted in the early hours of Monday, alongside a photograph of a rock core slightly thicker than a pencil inside a sample tube.

NASA said last week it thought it had accomplished the feat, but poorly-lit photographs taken by the rover meant that the team operating the mission were not certain whether the sample had stayed inside its tube.

It had to retake the pictures in better lighting, but sending back the data can take several days.