NASA's largest and most advance rover has finally touched down safely on Mars a few hours ago after a 203-day journey, 293 million miles.
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 one-tonne rover, Perseverance, will begin its works on the rock and sediment of Mars' Jezero Crater to characterise the region’s geology and past climate, including signs of ancient microbial life.
The Jezero Crater, approximate 45 kilometres wide, determined that 3.5 billion years ago, it has its river delta and was filled with water.
Perseverance is one of the most sophisticated robotic geologist ever made with seven primary science equipment (the most camera) and complex sample caching system to be sent up to Mars to date.
The Mars 2020 mission launched July 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The Perseverance rover mission marks an ambitious first step to collect Mars samples and return them to Earth.
Project engineers and scientists will now put Perseverance through its paces, testing every instrument, subsystem, and subroutine over the next month or two. Only then will they deploy the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter to the surface for the flight test phase.
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will be the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.
With much-sophisticated technology, we wish Perseverance all the best in its exploration journey.
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