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NASA Mars 2020 Mission: Perseverance Rover has landed

Mars 2020 Mission:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA’s) Perseverance Rover has landed on Mars.

  • This was one of the most crucial aspects of the Mars 2020 Mission.
  • The mission is designed to better understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life.
  • Objectives:
    • Assess ancient habitability.
    • Demonstrate technology for future robotic and human exploration.
    • Duration: At least one Mars year (about 687 Earth days).
  • Perseverance is the most advanced, most expensive, and most sophisticated mobile laboratory sent to Mars.
  • It is different from previous missions because it is capable of drilling and collecting core samples of the most promising rocks and soils, and setting them aside in a “cache” on the surface of Mars.
  • Launch: 30th July 2020
  • Landing: 18th February 2021
  • Landing Site: Jezero Crater (an ancient river delta that has rocks and minerals that could only form in water).