The laser can zap objects smaller than a pencil point as far away as seven metres and observes spots beyond the reach of the rover's arm.
In 2000 scientists found that water had once flowed over its surface which rekindled interest in Mars exploration as they pored over images looking for evidence.
Mars continues to lose water today as vapour is transported to high altitudes after sublimating from the frozen polar caps during warmer seasons.
The area in question is the closest 'habitable' place on Mars that has been found so far, the study authors said.
While examining climate models of ancient Mars they found that it was much colder during the time that the valleys were formed.
NASA’s Perseverance rover on its way to become fifth rover on Mars – its science objectives, instruments, the Ingenuity helicopter
Perseverance will land in the Jezero Crater, in February 2021, which is thought to have once been a water-filled lake 3.5 million years ago.
Possibility of life higher below surface of Mars, space radiation may act as catalyst, study suggests
While conditions are considered less harsh and traces of water have also been found, the subsurface has yet to be fully-explored.
116 images that have been stitched together, show the path that the Curiosity rover will take as it drives to the 'sulfate-bearing unit.'
The new discovery has made the scientists believe that such tiny, clay-filled cracks in rocks on Mars or below its surface could also be housing such microoganisms.
Water vapour is accumulating in unexpected proportions near 80 km altitude in the Martian atmosphere.
UFO expert says that the cocoon on Mars is proof that there is life on Mars because the butterfly flew away.
Did Curiosity just discover the first proof of life on Mars? Scientists aren't quite sure.
The technique of aeroponics is being used, to grow plants suspended in the air, without soil, and a limiting water supply.
The interplanetary-themed weekend also brought news from Elon Musk, who unveiled the SpaceX Starship shuttle for crew and cargo trips to Mars and back.
Wine might be the answer to all our spacefaring woes, saving astronauts from muscle degeneration and worse
A daily dose of wine could help protect astronauts from the degenerative effects of space travel.
The aerogel can help keep out harmful UV radiation & warm the icy surface of the planet.
Mineralised forms of organic matter like different kinds of bacteria were found in the meteorite.
If Mars experiences volcanoes, it could be a very favourable environment for water & life than thought.
Oxygen content of Martian rocks & 2 recent discoveries show that life may exist on the planet today.
Previous research had already found signs of intermittent water on Mars, so what's new now?