NASA's Perseverance Rover Has Successfully Landed On The Surface Of Mars

Carla Harmon
February 19, 2021

NASA's Perseverance rover has safely landed on Mars after its 292.5 million-mile journey from Earth, the agency confirmed.

Percy, as it is nicknamed, was created to drill down with its seven-foot (two-meter) arm and collect rock samples that might hold signs of bygone microscopic life.

Ken Williford, Deputy Project Scientist for the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said: "We expect the best places to look for biosignatures would be in Jezero's lakebed or in shoreline sediments that could be encrusted with carbonate minerals, which are especially good at preserving certain kinds of fossilized life on Earth". United States eastern time (2055 GMT) - but it will take about 11 minutes to get a radio signal back from Mars and know it happened. First, it is the heaviest and most technologically complex rover to land on Mars.

NASA's Perseverance rover has successfully landed on Mars after a seven-month journey spanning almost half a billion kilometres.

"This is one of the most hard maneuvers we make in the space business", Matt Wallace, deputy project manager of NASA's Mars 2020 mission, told reporters on Wednesday. An inlet and outlet are also visible on either side of the lake. Life could have found a niche in delta deposits, ancient shorelines, or hydrothermal springs exposed in the crater wall-all of which the rover should reach in its first 2 years of operation as it climbs up from the crater floor. Once established on the surface, Perseverance will be tasked with searching for signs of life that may have existed in Mars' distant past, when possible liquid water flowed on the planet's surface.

NASA says the rover is scheduled to land on Mars at 3:55 p.m. He told reporters that while the area was full of things scientists want to study, it did not offer the most favorable landing conditions. The company has two cameras on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is circling the red planet. By the time the control room got word that the rover had begun its descent, the mission had actually been over for several minutes. This closeness between the planets happens every two years. Perseverance is "alive on the surface of Mars", declared a NASA spokesperson seconds after confirmation of the landing. The feat was first accomplished in 1997 and all so far have been American. Then came Spirit and Opportunity, which landed in 2004. The rover will travel at a swift pace compared with Curiosity, capable of driving 200 meters per day thanks to improved automation and upgraded wheels.

Perseverance launched from Earth on July 30, 2020. The next few days will probably be less exciting than the terror-inducing landing, but soon the rover will be up and running around Jezero, looking for evidence of life on Mars and testing technology that could be used by human visitors in the future. Incredibly, the rover is equipped with 23 different cameras, which should provide us with unprecedented views of the Red Planet.

The cables connect a device on the rover to the SuperCam, which will be used to examine rock and soil samples, to spectrometers.

Perseverance is also carrying a small experimental flyer called Ingenuity.

To try out its new design, NASA had to carry out extensive supersonic parachute testing from high altitudes here on Earth, a field of research that had been dormant since the 1970s. Caty Weaver was the editor.

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