NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars and we are lucky enough to witness the history, we have the first image coming from the Red Planet.
Let’s remember that the Perseverance rover started its way to Mars on July 30, 2020. This is a special mission, as it includes many particularities for a thorough exploration on the planet, including the collection of samples from Mars to be analyzed on Earth.
The rover, upon reaching Mars orbit began its descent independently, and then opened the parachute at the height of 12 kilometers for its descent into the Jezero Crater. And finally, with the thrusters activated the Perseverance touched the surface.
“Dubbed the largest, most advanced rover the US space agency NASA has ever sent to another world, “Perseverance” nailed its safe landing at the preset site on Mars on Thursday, drawing a conclusion to its 203-day journey, covering more than 470 million kilometers from Earth.”
The first image sent by NASA’s Perseverance rover from Mars
And to corroborate that everything is perfect, we can see the first image sent by the rover from Mars, as shared by NASA from the Twitter account created for Perseverance Mars Rover. Under the tweet with this description “Hello, world. My first look at my forever home.” Here’s the image:
As the NASA team explains, the image is blurred by dust on the surface of Mars that affects the vision. However, the rover’s shadow can be seen without problems.
We will surely see many more images in the upcoming days, and NASA also promised to share high-resolution photos. And of course, this is only the beginning of a mission that will take years.
“A key objective of 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,” officials from NASA stated.