NASA’s Perseverance rover left Earth in July 2020 and successfully landed on Mars on 18th February!
It landed in the most challenging terrain on the Martian surface – a deep crater near the planet’s equator called Jezero. Jezero is thought to have been the spot of a giant lake billion years ago.
Landing on Mars is not easy, and so, NASA was nervous about it. But it went well, and the spacecraft is in great shape. It also sent back its first images of Mars.
This is the 5th rover that NASA has sent to Mars. The previous one, Curiosity, was landed in a different crater in 2012.
The rover will now study the rocks in the crater to know more about the planet’s geography. Its mission is to look for signs of life on Mars in the past.
One of the NASA scientists leading the mission is Dr. Swati Mohan, an Indian-American engineer. She has also earlier worked on projects like Cassini (a NASA mission to Saturn).