Perseverance rover successfully lands on Mars

from Associated Press reports
Updated: February 18, 2021 04:38 PM
Created: February 18, 2021 04:21 PM

A NASA rover has landed on Mars in an epic quest to bring back rocks that could answer whether life ever existed on the red planet.

The space agency says the six-wheeled Perseverance hurtled through the thin, orange atmosphere and settled onto the surface Thursday in the mission’s riskiest maneuver yet. Mars has long been a deathtrap for incoming spacecraft.

Perseverance was aiming for an ancient river delta. The spot is filled with cliffs, pits and fields of rocks, any of which could doom the $3 billion mission. But the once submerged terrain could also hold evidence of past life.

Perseverance will drill into the most promising rocks and set the samples aside for return to Earth in a decade.

This is actually the third visit to Mars this month. Two spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates and China swung into orbit around the planet on successive days last week.

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