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Watch: Amazing NASA footage shows Perseverance rover setting down on Mars


NASA today released breathtaking new footage from the Perseverance rover’s arrival on the surface of Mars.

The Perseverance rover left for the red planet on 30 July 2020. After a mostly uneventful transit through space, it managed to touch down on the surface of Mars at 20:55 UTC on 18 February 2021.

I love rocks. Look at these right next to my wheel. Are they volcanic or sedimentary? What story do they tell? Can’t wait to find out.#CountdownToMarshttps://t.co/7w3rbvbyoL pic.twitter.com/H3q1M0YJAd

— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 19, 2021

Its mission, per NASA:

Seek signs of ancient life and collect samples of rock and regolith (broken rock and soil) for possible return to Earth.

The rover’s been hard at work in the red dirt of Mars all weekend and will probably remain there, well, forever. But that won’t ...


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