NASA’s Perseverance sends home its first Mars pictures

Perseverance, NASA’s Mars rover,  landed on the Jezero crater on Mars in a risky mission aimed at finding whether there were life forms that ever existed on the planet.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration were exuberant about Perseverance’s safe landing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The operations were led by Swati Mohan who confirmed the landing of the rover in the Jezero crater. Indian-American engineer Swati Mohan was among the team of scientists responsible for the successful landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover on February 18.

The Perseverance rover will collect samples from Mars, which could help scientists determine signs of past life on the planet. It is the most advanced astrobiology lab ever sent to another world, streaked through the Martian atmosphere. The rover landed safely inside a vast crater on the Red Planet, marking the initiation of the first stop on a search for traces of ancient microbial life on Mars.

US President Joe Biden, on Friday, congratulated the aeronautics centre on Perseverance’s landing and said the astronomical feat shows that with the power of science and American ingenuity, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility.

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