NASA's Perseverance rover has successfully extracted the first soil samples from the Red Planet, said chief project engineer Adam Steltzner. He shared a photo taken by the rover on September 2 on his Twitter, showing a rock with a hole the rover made while taking a sample.

The first attempt at soil sampling was made on August 7, but ended in failure.

Perseverance Rover Failed Its First Attempt to Collect Soil Samples
NASA’s Perseverance rover has successfully drilled the surface of Mars to collect soil samples, but the sample tubes turned out to be empty. Scientists have been investigating what might have happened for several days.

In the future, Martian samples collected by the rover will be delivered to Earth as part of joint missions between NASA and the European Space Agency.

Perseverance successfully landed on Mars in mid-February.