Perseverance Rover Lands On Mars

Perseverance Rover Lands On Mars

Annika Damon, Writer

Nasa’s Perseverance rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars on Thursday, February 18th, 2021.

The rover was launched on July 30th, 2020, and made the 139.75 million mile trip to Earth’s neighboring planet, Mars. It landed in Jezero Crater, where it will take photos and samples of the rock. Once Perserverance takes the photos and samples it will send them back to NASA headquarters here on earth so scientists can analyze them. 

The Perseverance rover’s design was based on the Curiosity rover witch went to mars in 2004. Perseverance has new changes to it like new software, and new wheels after the Curiosity wheels were worn down. It is about the size of a car and is 10ft long, 9ft wide, 7ft tall and weighs 2,260 lbs. 

To successfully land on Mars, Perserverance had to go through the infamous “seven minutes of terror”. The “seven minutes of terror” are when the rover is entering the martian atmosphere without any help from humans. The rover has to land safely without any guidance or control from the NASA engineers. These seven minutes are very terrifying but thankfully Perserverance landed safely.

Perseverance is paving the way for space exploration and how we can get to other planets.