VIDEO: Watch NASA’s Perseverance Rover Land on Mars, Looks For Ancient Microbial Life
It took 7 months, covering 472 million km (293 million miles) for the robotic vehicle to enter the Martian atmosphere. We are officially looking for traces of ancient microbial life on the Red Planet.
According to AlJazeera, NASA’s science rover Perseverance, the most advanced astrobiology laboratory ever sent to another world, streaked through the Martian atmosphere on Thursday and landed safely on the floor of a vast crater.
— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 18, 2021
It took 7 months, covering 472 million km (293 million miles) for the robotic vehicle to enter the Martian atmosphere.
"NASA works. When we put our arms together and our hands together and our brains together, we can succeed. This is what NASA does."@NASAJPL chief engineer and landing veteran Rob Manning celebrates #NASAPersevere's successful #CountdownToMars: pic.twitter.com/Bo74pC4xLO
— NASA (@NASA) February 18, 2021
Scientists hope to find biosignatures embedded in samples of ancient sediments that Perseverance is designed to extract from Martian rock for future analysis back on Earth – the first such specimens ever collected by humans from another planet.