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NASA Perseverance rover explores Mars: Everything you need to know


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The Perseverance rover being lowered to Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. The photo was taken about 20 meters from the ground. 

This story is part of Welcome to Mars, our series exploring the red planet.

Success. On Feb. 18, NASA's Perseverance rover officially aced its journey to Mars and survived a harrowing landing to arrive safely on the surface of the red planet. The next-gen rover and its companion -- an experimental helicopter called Ingenuity -- have opened a new era in planetary exploration.

Ingenuity is a tech demonstration, intended to be the first vehicle to achieve powered flight on another planet. Perseverance has a bigger, bolder mission -- one that could forever change our understanding of the cosmos. It will hunt for signs of past life on Mars.

The Mars we know today was once very different. Humanity's latest rover is now a resident of the dry ...


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