NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars

Date:19 February 2021 Author: Kyro Mitchell

NASA’s Perseverance rover has officially landed on Mars after spending seven months hurtling through space. Perseverance touched down at around 22:55pm on Thursday, 18 February and has already managed to send back the first images of its new martian home.

Perseverance snapped these images of Mars and its landing site shortly after touching down using its engineering cameras. NASA has promised to share much higher-resolution photos at a later date, in case you were left slightly disappointed with these grainy, black-and-white images.

Take a look at the historic image below:

Now that Perseverance has finally landed on Mars its first mission will be to start exploring the Jezero Crater, a site that scientists believe was once flooded with water and was home to an ancient river delta. Its ultimate mission will be to search for signs of ancient microbial life on Mars. To do this it will use a variety of instruments, including regular and ultraviolet cameras, a set of sensors to provide measurements of temperature, wind speed, direction, and pressure, the Radar Imager for Mars’ Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX), and the Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE), just to name a few.

The Perseverance rover was launched in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral, Florida and caps off a busy two-week period for the big red planet. Over the span of just two days last week, both China and the UAE successfully managed to place their own spacecrafts in orbit around Mars.

Picture: Twitter/@NASAPersevere

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