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NASA’s Mars Rover Successfully Touches Down on Mars

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Ridgewood NJ, Perseverance successfully landed on Mars on Thursday at around 3:55 PM ET. It is the fifth rover to land on Mars. The rover will now begin its two-year mission to roam the surface of the planet and search for signs of ancient microbial life. It will spend the next few days taking pictures of the Jezero Crater, where it landed. Jezero’s lakebed is one of the best places to look for biosignatures. The rover is also carrying Ingenuity, a small helicopter, which could be the first controlled aircraft on another planet. Earlier this month, spacecraft launched from the United Arab Emirates and China reached Mars and moved into orbit around the planet.

According to NASA the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is the first aircraft humanity has sent to another planet to attempt powered, controlled flight. If its experimental flight test program succeeds, the data returned could benefit future explorations of the Red Planet – including those by astronauts – by adding the aerial dimension, which is not available today.

While Ingenuity is a technology experiment that is separate from the rover’s science mission, the helicopter launched to Mars on July 30, 2020, attached to the belly of NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. They will land together in Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021.

MiMi Aung of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory outlined the key challenges to a very unique problem: designing a drone meant to fly on another planet , “The Martian atmosphere is only about one percent the density of Earth’s,” .

Vaneeza Rupani, a junior at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Alabama, came up with the name and the motivation behind it during NASA’s “Name the Rover” essay contest.

“The ingenuity and brilliance of people working hard to overcome the challenges of interplanetary travel are what allow us all to experience the wonders of space exploration,” Rupani wrote in her contest submission. “Ingenuity is what allows people to accomplish amazing things, and it allows us to expand our horizons to the edges of the universe.”

 

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5 thoughts on “NASA’s Mars Rover Successfully Touches Down on Mars

  1. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we really see something dramatic.

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  2. We’re gonna see a bunch of red dust. Exploration excitement aside, Mars looks like shit place.

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  3. low taxes i bet… lol

  4. They need to start the process to make Mars a state. We’ll need the two Red senators!

    1. lol ….lets set up a PAC and lobby

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