NASA’s Perseverance rover went one step ahead in its quest to find signs of a past life as it overcame a tense landing phase on Thursday Shortly after landing, the rover sent back its first black-and-white images, revealing a rocky field at the landing site in the Jezero Crater US President Joe Biden hailed the “historic” event With a series of perfectly executed maneuvers to gently float down to the Martian soil, NASA´s Perseverance rover went one step ahead in its quest to find signs of a past life as it overcame a tense landing phase on Thursday. “Touchdown confirmed,” said operations lead Swati Mohan at 3:55 pm Eastern Time (2055 GMT), as mission control at NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena erupted in cheers. The autonomously guided procedure was in fact completed more than 11 minutes earlier, the length of time it took for radio signals to return to Earth. Shortly after landing, the rover sent back its first black-and-white images, revealing a rocky field at the landing site in the Jezero Crater, just north of the Red Planet´s equator. More images, video of the descent and perhaps the first sounds of Mars ever recorded by microphones are expected… Read full this story
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