NASA’s Determination Mars rover has safely landed on the Red World following a 203- day journey in which it took a trip a mind boggling 293 million miles to its brand-new permanently home. Soon after touching down, Determination sent out back the very first image it recorded on Mars, from one of the rover’s risk electronic cameras.
The suspenseful landing unfolded live on YouTube yesterday afternoon as millions of viewers from around the world tuned in to witness the historic occasion. Any number of things might have went wrong and triggered the whole mission to fail but thankfully, luck was on NASA’s side as all of the necessary series went off without a hitch.
Hello, world. My first take a look at my permanently home. #CountdownToMars pic.twitter.com/dkM9jE9I6X
— NASA’s Determination Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 18, 2021
NASA’s newest rover and its accompanying helicopter, Ingenuity, launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on July 30,2020 The 2,263- pound rover is about the size of an SUV and will browse Mars’ Jezero Crater looking for signs of ancient microbial life. Determination will even gather soil samples for a future return mission.
When it is all said and done, NASA will have invested roughly $2.7 billion into the task, making it the seventh most pricey planetary exploration program in NASA’s history.
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