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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Successfully Lands on Mars

Nasa has claimed that the Perseverance rover has successfully touched down the surface of Mars after successfully overcoming a very risky landing phase called “seven minutes of terror” by its engineers.

A live video feed from California’s NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory showed the mission engineers cheering upon confirmation of a clean Perseverance touchdown.

The team of about 30 engineers at NASA’s Laboratory in California jumped and cheered at the confirmation. Perseverance sent back its first image from one of its 19 cameras.

Perseverance had hit Mars’ atmosphere on time at 3:48PM ET at speeds of about 12,100 miles per hour, diving toward the surface in an infamously challenging sequence. The engineers called it the – seven minutes of terror. With an 11-minute delay between Mars and Earth, the spacecraft had to carry out its seven-minute journey.

Perseverance will now be embarking on a multi-year mission to search for the biosignatures of microbes that might have existed there billions of years ago.

Soon it will start collecting 30 rock and soil samples in sealed tubes, to be sent back to Earth in the 2030s for lab analysis.

NASA also wants to run several experiments like attempting the first flight on another planet, with a helicopter drone called Ingenuity that will have to achieve lift in an atmosphere that’s 1 percent the density of Earth’s.

With six wheels placed on the surface, the rover sheared the sky crane cables, instigating to move away from Perseverance.

The on-time landing at 3:55PM ET is NASA’s sixth successful landing on the Red Planet. The USD 2.7 billion rover is a 2,263-pound laboratory on wheels: for the next several years, Perseverance will traverse Mars’ Jezero Crater to collect soil samples for a future retrieval mission, analyze the makeup of.

Spirits were high during a post-landing press conference. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s top science official, was excited and began his remarks on Perseverance’s landing victory by holding a blueprint for the team in case the mission goes awry — and ripping it in half. “Here’s for the contingency plan!”

Perseverance’s journey through space was even more uneventful. Towards the end of its seven-month journey, Perseverance’s cruise stage carried out fewer orbital correction maneuvers than was originally planned, due to the ultra-precise insertion on its Mars trajectory at the time when it launched. “When we hit the bulls-eye that means they had a ton more propellant that NASA didn’t have to use on its journey to Mars,” ULA CEO Tory Bruno said. Perseverance claimed it straight for the surface upon reaching Mars.

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