NASA Perseverance rover has successfully landed on Mars.

The NASA Perseverance rover safely landed on Mars after its 292.5 million-mile journey from Earth, the agency confirmed at 3:55 p.m. ET Thursday 18 Feb 2021. The rover landed itself flawlessly, according to the mission's team. 

Perseverance, the biggest, most advanced rover ever sent by NASA, became the 9th spacecraft since the 1970s to successfully land on Mars. 

"Percy," as the spacecraft is affectionately called at mission control, sent back its first images of the landing site immediately after touchdown, which shows the rover's shadow on the surface of its landing site of Jezero Crater.

The rover has been on a nearly 300 million-mile journey since it left Earth more than 6 months ago on 30th July 2020. Perseverance and her teams lived up to the namesake, overcoming the challenges of preparing for the journey's final stages during a pandemic.

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