NASA's Perseverance rover is landing on Mars

Posted : 2021-02-19 08:35 Updated : 2021-02-22 07:13
In this illustration made available by NASA, the spacecraft containing the Perseverance rover slows down using the drag generated by traveling through the Martian atmosphere. AP/NASA

In this illustration made available by NASA, the Perseverance rover casts off its spacecraft's cruise stage, minutes before entering the Martian atmosphere. AP/NASA

In this illustration made available by NASA, the Perseverance rover, with its heat shield facing the planet, begins its descent through the Martian atmosphere. AP/NASA

In this illustration made available by NASA, the Perseverance rover deploys a supersonic parachute from its aeroshell as it slows down before landing on the surface of Mars. AP/NASA

Members of NASA?s Perseverance Mars rover team study data on monitors in mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, U.S. February 18, 2021. REUTERS/NASA

A handout photo made available by NASA shows Members of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover team study data on monitors in mission control, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, USA, 18 February 2021. A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. EPA/NASA

A key objective for Perseverance's mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet's geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. EPA/NASA

In this photo provided by NASA, members of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover team watch in mission control as the first images arrive moments after the spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. AP/NASA

A handout photo made available by NASA shows Members of NASA's Perseverance rover team react in mission control after receiving confirmation the spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, USA, 18 February 2021. EPA/NASA

This photo made available by NASA shows the second image sent by the Perseverance rover showing the surface of Mars, just after landing in the Jezero crater, on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. AP/NASA

This NASA photo shows members of NASA?s Perseverance rover as it landed on the surface of Mars on February 18, 2021. AFP/NASA

In this illustration made available by NASA, the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover studies a Mars rock outrcrop. AP/NASA

This illustration provided by NASA shows the Perseverance rover, bottom, landing on Mars. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land safely on Feb. 18, 2021. AP/NASA

This image made available by NASA depicts a possible area through which the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover could traverse across Jezero Crater. This mosaic is composed of aligned images from the Context Camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. AP/NASA

A full-scale model of the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity is displayed for the media at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Pasadena, Calif. AP

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019 photo made available by NASA, engineers watch the first driving test for the Mars 2020 rover, later named "Perseverance," in a clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. AP/NASA

A giant projection of an astronaut on the north face of the Eiger mountain, by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter, is pictured from the alpine resort of Mannlichen, Switzerland, 14 February 2021 (issued 18 February 20221). Several projections were performed both from the ground and helicopter and were carried out over distances of up to 8km and dimensions up to 2.2km in height on the iconic Swiss mountains Eiger, Monch und Jungfrau. The artistic performance pays tribute to the "Mars 2020" Perseverance rover mars mission by the NASA planned for landing on 18 February 2021. EPA

A Bosnian youth holds 3D glasses and leaflets as hi school marks the landing of NASA?s Perseverance Mars rover on the planet Mars, at an elementary school in the village of Jezero on February 18, 2021. - Bosnian community of Jezero was chosen by NASA to share its name with one of the craters on Mars. Mars rover Perseve. AFP