The Perseverance Rover launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) landed successfully on Mars’s Jezero Crater on the night of 18th February 2021 after sustaining through the blazing seven-minute plunge across the Martian atmosphere, after almost seven of its take-off. After the Sojourner, twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity and Curiosity to touch the surface of Mars, the Perseverance rover has become NASA’s fifth rover to do so.
The Perseverance is said to now spend upcoming years searching for signs of ancient microbial life on Mars in a historic mission. It is said to be the first mission that will bring back rock samples from Mars to Earth and pave the way for further such manned missions.
The launch for Perseverance Rover happened quite well on schedule with weather conditions all turning favourable. However, the Perseverance Mars Rover was initially supposed to be launched earlier in February, but the delay happened due to technical issues.
The Perseverance Rover is a six-wheeled robot that is tasked to deploy the first-ever interplanetary helicopter- “Ingenuity” and test out equipment for future manned mission and search for traces of past Martian life.
The Perseverance Rover Mars 2020 will fetch along with it a self-governing mini-helicopter called Ingenuity weighing 1.8 kg. For a take-off on a 7-month voyage to Mars, the first-ever Interplanetary helicopter, Ingenuity was launched on 18th February 2021.
The US President Joe Biden along with Vice-President Kamala Harris congratulated NASA by tweeting about the hard work done by NASA and its partners for their prolific success in sending the Perseverance Rover to Mars.