PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 18: In this handout image provided by NASA, members of NASA's Perseverance rover team react in mission control after receiving confirmation the spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars, , February 18, 2021 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. 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, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
NASA’s Perseverance Rover is rovin’ on the Red Planet after successfully touching down on Mars and sending back its first photos of the Martian surface.
The rover touched down Thursday afternoon after being guided through an extremely difficult landing process dubbed “seven minutes of hell”.
It’s the fifth lander that NASA has sent to Mars, and this one has a special mission – to search for signs of microbial life.
“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.
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