NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully lands on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully lands on Mars

JPL Mission Control celebrates Perseverance touchdown confirmation. | Image: NASA / JPL

NASA’s Perseverance rover has successfully touched down on the surface of Mars after surviving a blazing seven-minute plunge through the Martian atmosphere. The rover’s clean landing sets the stage for a years-long journey to scour the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater for ancient signs of life.

Mission Control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California confirmed Perseverance 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 engineers call the “seven minutes of terror.” With an 11-minute…

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