Perseverance lands successfully on Mars

Nasa’s Mars Perseverance Rover has landed safely on the surface of Mars at Jezero Crater after a 203-day journey travelling 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 3:55 p.m. EST (12:55 p.m. PST).

The first images were received shortly after landing.

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image of the area in front of it using its onboard Front Left Hazard Avoidance Camera A.

This image was acquired on Feb. 18, 2021 (Sol 0) at the local mean solar time of 20:58:24.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image of the area in back of it using its onboard Rear Right Hazard Avoidance Camera.

This image was acquired on Feb. 18, 2021 (Sol 0) at the local mean solar time of 20:59:31.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

About the size of a car, the 2,263-pound (1,026-kilogram) robotic geologist and astrobiologist will undergo several weeks of testing before it begins its two-year science investigation of Mars’ Jezero Crater. While the rover will investigate the rock and sediment of Jezero’s ancient lakebed and river delta to characterize the region’s geology and past climate, a fundamental part of its mission is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. To that end, the Mars Sample Return campaign, being planned by NASA and ESA (European Space Agency), will allow scientists on Earth to study samples collected by Perseverance to search for definitive signs of past life using instruments too large and complex to send to the Red Planet.

https://mars.nasa.gov/news/8865/touchdown-nasas-mars-perseverance-rover-safely-lands-on-red-planet/

Details on the mission are available at:

https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/

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