As part of NASA’s search for signs of life on Marks — and their most ambitious attempt since the Viking missions in the 1970s — the Perseverance rover landed safely on Mars at 15:55 Eastern Time. After traveling for almost seven months since leaving Earth, the rover transmitted its first photo of the planet’s surface.
On its Twitter account, “NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover” tweeted “Hello world. My first look at my forever home.”
— NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 18, 2021
The rover, which is equipped with instruments designed to allow NASA to identify evidence of fossilized life, landed in the 28 mile-wide Jezero Crater near the planet’s equator.
According to the BBC, “Billions of years ago, when Mars was wetter, Jezero held a lake that could have supported primitive microbial organisms.”
Soon after its first post, the NASA Perseverance Mars Rover account tweeted its