The Perseverance Rover from NASA has officially safely landed on it's new "forever home" Mars and has already taken a few snapshots for the rest of us to enjoy!
After an impressive 292.5 million-mile voyage from Earth that took over 6 months, NASA confirmed that at 3:55 p.m. ET Thursday the 18th of February 2021, the Perseverance Rover touched down perfectly on Mars where it will spend the rest of its days. Back home at mission control, the Perserverance Rover is refered to by the nick name "Percy", and moments after Percy's flawless touchdown on Mars, a few images were sent back to Earch which clearly show the Perserverance Rover's shadow over the rocky and arid surface of the Jezero Crater on the red planet.
"This landing is one of those pivotal moments for NASA, the United States, and space exploration globally -- when we know we are on the cusp of discovery and sharpening our pencils, so to speak, to rewrite the textbooks," - said Steve Jurczyk the NASA Administrator.
The NASA Perserverance Rover Mission also got a nod from the president of the United States, Joe Biden.
Congratulations to NASA and everyone whose hard work made Perseverance’s historic landing possible. Today proved once again that with the power of science and American ingenuity, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility. pic.twitter.com/NzSxW6nw4k— President Biden (@POTUS) February 18, 2021
Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel: NASA on Watch NASA’s Perseverance Rover Land on Mars! - Live Event Rerun.