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With information from CNN.

Perseverance, NASA’s most sophisticated rover to date, has landed on the surface of Mars.

The rover sent back its first images of the landing site immediately after landing on February 18.

It was launched from Florida at the end of July and traveled 292.5 million miles.

This is NASA’s first mission that will search for signs of ancient life on Mars. Perseverance will also study Mars’ climate and geology and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth by the 2030s.

This image shows the debris shield, which protected the Ingenuity helicopter during landing, on the surface of Mars after it was released on March 21.
The helicopter can still be seen attached underneath the rover. (MSSS/JPL-Caltech/NASA)

From its landing site, the rover could see a remnant of a fan-shaped deposit of sediments known as a delta (the raised area of dark brown rock in the middle ground). (JPL-Caltech/NASA)

This image of Mars’ surface was taken using a camera mounted to the bottom of the rover. (JPL-Caltech/NASA)

This image shows the rover’s wheel on the surface of the red planet. (JPL-Caltech/NASA)

The navigation cameras aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover captured this view of the rover’s deck on February 20. (.JPL-Caltech/NASA)

This is the first color image released from Perseverance on the Martian surface. Rocks can be seen scattered around the landing site in Jezero.

The rover took this image of its parachute during its descent to Mars. (JPL-Caltech/NASA)

This image, from a camera on Perseverance’s “jetpack” during the spacecraft’s descent stage, captures the rover in midair just before its wheels touched down. This perspective has never been seen before on previous missions. (JPL-Caltech/NASA)

Members of NASA mission control celebrate after receiving confirmation that the rover successfully touched
down on Mars on February 18 (Bill Ingalls/NASA)

President Joe Biden watches coverage of the rover landing from the White House. “Congratulations to NASA and everyone whose hard work made Perseverance’s historic landing possible,” he said in a tweet. “Today proved once again that with the power of science and American ingenuity, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility.” (The White House)


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