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Touchdown! The Perseverance has landed on Mars | First Photo Taken

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) mission control cheered on Thursday, February 18, 2021, as controllers confirmed NASA’s Perseverance rover’s safe touchdown on the Red Planet. The confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced at 3:55 p.m. EST (12:55 p.m. PST).

“Cheers erupted in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as controllers confirmed that NASA’s Perseverance rover, with the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter attached to its belly, has touched down safely on Mars. Engineers are analyzing the data flowing back from the spacecraft.


NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has also sent back its first image from the surface of Mars. According to NASA, it came from Perseverance’s Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Hazcams). “The clear protective covers over these cameras are still on. Higher-resolution versions will be available later,” the space administration explained.

Here is the the first image NASA’s Perseverance rover sent back after touching down on the Red Planet which NASA described, “is partially obscured by a dust cover.”

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Mars 2020 mission was launched July 30, 2020. Last year, Mars 2020 project manager at JPL John McNamee said, “There is still a lot of road between us and Mars. But if there was ever a team that could make it happen, it is this one. We are going to Jezero Crater. We will see you there Feb. 18, 2021.”

And then February 18, 2021 finally came and the NASA’s Perseverance rover has indeed landed on Mars.

“This landing is one of those pivotal moments for NASA, the United States, and space exploration globally – when we know we are on the cusp of discovery and sharpening our pencils, so to speak, to rewrite the textbooks,” said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk.

“The mission itself personifies the human ideal of persevering toward the future and will help us prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet,” Jurczyk added.

The Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris also congratulated NASA on the historic landing.

Earlier today, the hashtags #Mars2020 and #CountdownToMars, a hashtag from NASA itself, were trending in the social media platform Twitter.


Screenshot: Twitter

Source: NASA| Official Twitter

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