300 million miles NASA’s Perseverance rover is preparing to get down to the real science – looking for signs of ancient life on Mars. On Thursday February 18th the rover landed on the red planet after an intense 7 minute landing sequence that maxed out at 12,000 MPH.
“Percy” landed in Jezero Crater, a feature on the Martian surface that bears unmistakable signs of having been filled with liquid water in the planet’s distant past. Scientists hope Perseverance will collect evidence of microscopic organisms having lived on the planet in the past.
NASA says the mission is its most ambitious venture to the fourth planet in the solar system, beginning with a flyby by the Mariner spacecraft in 1965.