NASA’s Perseverance rover has successfully landed on the surface of Mars. It landed around 3:55 PM ET, after a smooth descent to the surface. Perseverance’s engineering cameras shared images of the landing site shortly after the touch – NASA promised to share high-resolution photos later in the day.
NASA launched Perseverance in late July in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Your landing ends a busy month of arrival at the Red Planet. Over the past two days last week, the United Arab Emirates and China have successfully placed their respective spacecraft in orbit around Mars.
Now that it is safe on the planet’s surface, Perseverance will explore the Jezero Crater, a dusty and dangerous section of 45 kilometers from Mars that was once an ancient river lake. NASA’s hope is that the rover will find signs of ancient microbial life while there. He will use a selection of instruments, including traditional and ultraviolet cameras, to enhance a promising location before deploying a drill to collect core samples. In 2026, a subsequent mission will attempt to return the specimens to Earth.