NASA’s Perseverance has Touched Down on Mars, First Photo from the Rover RevealedFebruary 19, 2021
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Perseverance Rover has safely landed on the Red Planet on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The successful touchdown on Mars was confirmed at 3:55 p.m. EST (12:55 p.m. PST) and it was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California.
“Cheers erupted in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as controllers confirmed that NASA’s Perseverance rover, with the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter attached to its belly, has touched down safely on Mars,” stated NASA.
Although it has not been long since the NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has landed, it has already sent back its first image from the surface of the Red Planet. Here is the first photo taken by Perseverance on Mars.
The image was from Perseverance’s Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Hazcams) and it was described by NASA as “partially obscured by a dust cover” since the clear protective covers over these cameras are still on.
“These first images are low-resolution versions known as “thumbnails.” Higher-resolution versions will be available later,” NASA explained.
The Mars 2020 Mission, Perseverance Rover Mission
The Mars 2020 mission launched July 30, 2020. And last year, John McNamee, Mars 2020 project manager at JPL said, “There is still a lot of road between us and Mars. But if there was ever a team that could make it happen, it is this one. We are going to Jezero Crater. We will see you there Feb. 18, 2021.”
And the most awaited date, February 18, 2021, finally came and NASA’s Perseverance rover indeed successfully landed on the Red Planet.
““The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission embodies our nation’s spirit of persevering even in the most challenging of situations, inspiring, and advancing science and exploration,” said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk. “The mission itself personifies the human ideal of persevering toward the future and will help us prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.”
US VP and First Lady Congratulates NASA for Historical Landing
United States’ Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden, through a separate tweet, congratulated NASA for Perseverance rover’s historical landing on Mars.
Touchdown to Mars Trended on Twitter
Also, earlier today, the hashtags #Mars2020 and #CountdownToMars, a hashtag from NASA itself, had trended on on the social media platform Twitter with the several Twitter users and media outlets showing their interest to the event.
Updates After the Landing on Mars
Source: NASA| Blog| Naomi Hartono, NASA| Blog| Tony Greicius, NASA| Press Release| Feb 19, 2021, NASA| Press Release| Jul 30, 2020, NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover| Official Twitter, NASA| Official Twitter