MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A nearly 300-million-mile journey came to an end Thursday as NASA's Perseverance Rover successfully landed on Mars Thursday, beginning a historic mission full of firsts. Minutes after it touched down, the rover transmitted its first photo of the Martian surface back to Earth, signaling it's ready to begin its mission. READ MORE: University Of Florida Announces Plans For In-Person Graduation This Spring Hello, world. My first look at my forever home. #CountdownToMars pic.twitter.com/dkM9jE9I6X — NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 18, 2021 "Part of what we're doing is kind of paving the way for human exploration," says engineer Gregory Villar. Villar is part of the team that has spent years plotting the riskiest moment of the Mars mission: the landing, a seven-minute white knuckle event. Mission managers say that landing went entirely as planned. READ MORE: Women’s Flag Football Team To Debut For St. Thomas University Perseverance successfully blasted off from Kennedy Space Center back in July and traveled 292.5 million miles on its journey from Earth. With Perseverance now on Mars, the car-sized robotic spacecraft will begin exploring Jezero Crater, the site of an ancient lake that existed 3.9 billion years ago, and search for microfossils… Read full this story
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