NASA right now launched breathtaking new footage from the Perseverance rover’s arrival on the floor of Mars.
The Perseverance rover left for the pink planet on 30 July 2020. After a largely uneventful transit by means of area, 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 search 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 historic life and accumulate samples of rock and regolith (damaged rock and soil) for potential return to Earth.
The rover’s been laborious at work within the pink grime of Mars all weekend and can in all probability stay there, properly, endlessly. 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 no less than 2031. Within the meantime, the rover’s headed to spots on Mars which can be simply too tough to land instantly on.
And that brings us to this fascinating video NASA launched right now displaying the rover’s descent to the Martian floor:
For extra info take a look at the Perseverance web page on NASA’s web site right here.