NASA in the present day launched breathtaking new footage from the Perseverance rover’s arrival on the floor of Mars.
The Perseverance rover left for the crimson planet on 30 July 2020. After a largely uneventful transit by way of house, it managed to the touch down on the floor of Mars at 20:55 UTC on 18 February 2021.
I really like rocks. Have a look at these proper subsequent to my wheel. Are they volcanic or sedimentary? What story do they inform? Can’t wait to seek out out.#CountdownToMarshttps://t.co/7w3rbvbyoL pic.twitter.com/H3q1M0YJAd
— NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 19, 2021
Its mission, per NASA:
Search indicators of historical life and gather samples of rock and regolith (damaged rock and soil) for potential return to Earth.
The rover’s been onerous at work within the crimson filth of Mars all weekend and can in all probability stay there, properly, ceaselessly. However that gained’t cease it from fulfilling its mission to ship samples again to Earth. As soon as Perseverance obtains the correct samples, the plan is to fireplace them again to Earth in rockets.
However this isn’t slated to occur till not less than 2031. Within the meantime, the rover’s headed to spots on Mars which are simply too troublesome to land immediately on.
And that brings us to this fascinating video NASA launched in the present day exhibiting the rover’s descent to the Martian floor:
For extra data take a look at the Perseverance web page on NASA’s web site right here.