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NASA's Perseverance rover has landed on Mars

By T.K. Randall
February 19, 2021 · Comment icon 33 comments

The rover's first view of the surface of Mars. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
After a journey of 292 million miles and a harrowing descent, Perseverance has landed safely on Mars.
There was much jubilation at NASA yesterday as the signal came back to indicate that the car-sized rover had survived its 'seven minutes of terror' and touched down safely on the Martian surface.

Its new home - Jezero Crater - was chosen because millions of years ago it was believed to have been flooded with water, making it an ideal place to look for evidence of ancient alien life.

Another important part of the mission will be the demonstration of the Mars helicopter Ingenuity - a small drone that has hitched a ride to Mars in the belly of the rover.

Once deployed, it will carry out a series of test flights - the first ever undertaken on another world.
The rover will also be tasked with collecting samples of soil and leaving them in special caches for a future rover to come and retrieve as part of an ambitious sample-return mission.

Suffice to say, we should see some very exciting discoveries on Mars over the next few years.

To begin with however, the team at NASA will be carefully checking that everything on the rover is working as it should while preparing to power up its various systems.

A limited number of black-and-white images taken by the rover's engineering cameras have already surfaced, however we should see some much more impressive photographs in the near future.



Source: Nature.com | Comments (33)




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Comment icon #24 Posted by Myles 3 years ago
Congrats to NASA.   An amazing feat.   
Comment icon #25 Posted by L.A.T.1961 3 years ago
Yes I missed out the Million km after the 204,500. I was deciding whether to put in extra noughts or write million and in the end didn't do either.  
Comment icon #26 Posted by toast 3 years ago
It will, of that I`m sure, because the Americans can build such stuff very very well (but they cant build cars, duck&cover )
Comment icon #27 Posted by stevewinn 3 years ago
once you've seen one you've seen them all, boring as a spectacle, look forward to the science discoveries and pictures to come.
Comment icon #28 Posted by spartan max2 3 years ago
As albert said    
Comment icon #29 Posted by NCC1701 3 years ago
The rocks with the holes in the NASA picture of the Big Wheel really look like remnants of a coral reef. Perseverance's Big Wheel – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program
Comment icon #30 Posted by Peter B 3 years ago
Interesting thought. But I'd suggest that holes like that can also be found in igneous rocks - from gas bubbles in the cooling magma. IIRC, the term is "vesicle".
Comment icon #31 Posted by stevewinn 3 years ago
Do they have a live streaming from Mars on this rover or do we have to wait until they release footage every now and then? 
Comment icon #32 Posted by bison 3 years ago
 I've heard nothing about a constant 'live feed'. That would be technically very difficult, considering the bandwidth  limitations ( 500 bits per second to 32 kilobits/ sec.) from the distance of Mars. It can take about an hour to send a single, high resolution image to Earth!  NASA will have a press conference  at 2:00 p.m. today, Eastern Standard Time. ( 11 a.m. Pacific, 19:00 GMT) They will show the latest images of the surface of Mars, and a video, showing the landing of Perseverance. NASA TV will show this, as will many other sites, including Youtube.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
@bison  here is the live update page on space.com.   It is not constant live feed now that the rover has landed but there are updates. https://www.space.com/news/live/mars-perseverance-rover-updates


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