On February 18th, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Mars rover landed successfully after a seven-month trip covering 472 million kilometers. Perseverance will collect Martian soil and rocks as part of the search for signs of ancient life.
The six-wheeled rover landed in an area called Jezero Crater, just north of the planet’s equator. The area contains a large ancient lake. Perseverance, or Percy for short, will spend the next two years exploring the dry lake and drilling into rocks that may hold evidence of life from 3 to 4 billion years ago.
Percy has already recorded the first audio clips captured on the surface of Mars, beaming back to Earth guttural sounds of wind gusting on the red planet. Along with photos, NASA released a highquality video showing the enormous parachute opening as the rover landed on the surface. The images will help NASA prepare for astronaut flights to Mars in the next decade.