Touchdown!

First photo from Perseverence Mars Robot Feb. 2021
This is the first image NASA’s Perseverance rover sent back after touching down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. The view, from one of Perseverance’s Hazard Cameras, is partially obscured by a dust cover. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On Thursday, NASA’s Perseverence Rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars – and scientists are already studying photos transmitted across the miles of space. “A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith.”

If you’re a “space geek” or wonder why “space geeks” are out there, you might want to listen to Why do Humans Want to Set Foot on Mars?

Why Do Humans streaming video title screen
Mars: When Will Humans Get There? The Economist. 2019. Academic Video Online: Premium Database. Web.

Congratulations to NASA and the Perseverence Team! For more on astronomy, see the Astronomy Subject Guide.

 

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