Perseverance: successful landing on Mars for the NASA rover

 

 


 

The nervousness was palpable within NASA as the time of the Perseverance rover landed on the surface of Mars approached. But in the end, everything went well and we have already received pictures captured by the robot.

The event was broadcast live across the world! It was around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021 that Perseverance was finally to land on Mars after a long journey that lasted about seven months. The maneuver was more than perilous for this mission with a budget of 2.5 billion dollars. So there was no room for error ...

 

 

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Two photos for the price of one!


Thus, at 10:01 p.m. sharp, Perseverance transmitted the first black and white photo captured just after landing. We can see the shadow of the rover but also the surface of the red planet. A few minutes later, a second snapshot was posted on social networks to further confirm this great success.

 

 

 

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The rover's landing took place under extreme conditions (the famous seven minutes of terror). Now the vehicle is in the middle of Jezero Crater. The latter would have housed an ancient lake more than 3.5 billion years ago. Scientists therefore hope to find signs of life there. Perseverance's 19 cameras will not be idle in the coming months.


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