NASA’s new Mars rover landing successful, first pictures received


On February 18, 2021, NASA confirmed the successful landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars.

Within minutes, the robotic vehicle beamed its first high-resolution pictures of the surroundings, demonstrating readiness for the mission.

The landing was the conclusion of a 7 month-long journey. The rover took off from Earth onboard ULA Atlas V rocket on July 30, 2020, and covered over 471 million kilometers (293 million miles) before reaching the Red planet.

Perseverance carries an array of the most sophisticated research instruments yet, from oxygen generation experiment to spectrometer and radar to study the composition and structure of Martian surface. 

It is also designed to collect samples of Martian soil, to be gathered and delivered to Earth by the next Mars mission.

According to NASA, ingenuity – a small helicopter, carried by Perseverance – will perform its first flight within 30 days.


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Valius Venckunas
Journalist[br][br]Valius is a member of AeroTime’s editorial team, based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Before joining in 2020, he spent half-a-decade doing academic work in the field of political communication. Armed with this experience, he strives to bring scientific rigor into his work, focusing on defense, history and analysis.
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