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NASA's Perseverance Rover Lands On Mars, Biden Lauds Achievement

BP World Bureau | Feb 19 2021 09:06:41 AM
Image credits: Twitter

HOUSTON, TEXAS: NASA's Perseverance rover survived a landing phase to touch down on the surface of Mars and ready to check for signs of life on the red planet. 

Operations lead Swati Mohan confirmed the touchdown at the mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

US President Joe Biden congratulated the team for their historic feat.

Perseverance will attempt to collect 30 rock and soil samples in sealed tubes, to be eventually sent back to Earth for further research. 

Perseverance weighs a ton, is equipped with;

  1. Seven foot (two-meter) long robotic arm
  2. 19 cameras
  3. Two microphones
  4. A suite of cutting-edge instruments