After a journey of nearly 300 million miles, NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars as part of the Mars 2020 mission. The rover is equipped with advanced technology to search for signs of ancient microbial life and to collect soil and rock samples that may hold clues about Mars’ past. The mission also includes a helicopter that will conduct the first-ever controlled flight on another planet. Perseverance is expected to spend at least one Mars year (about two Earth years) exploring the Jezero Crater on Mars. This mission marks the beginning of NASA’s efforts to eventually send humans to Mars in the 2030s.
Today: December 1, 2023