NASA's Perseverance Touches Down On Mars

Launch

Perseverance was launched on July 30, 2020 on an Atlas V-541 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Landing Sequence

Since getting a radio signal from Mars takes 11 minutes, Perseverance was designed to complete the EDL (Entry, Descent, and Landing) process by itself.

Skycrane Maneuver

To ensure a safe landing, the Perseverance deployed the "skycrane maneuver" at the final stage of landing. NASA came up with the skycrane for its Curiosity rover back in 2012.

First Image From Mars

This is the first image Perseverance sent after landing at the Jezero crater.

Perseverance Rover

NASA's Mars 2020 mission features the space agency's most advanced technology as it searches for signs of life. The rover Perseverance will collect rock and soil samples for a possible return to earth.

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity

The Mars helicopter Ingenuity's mission will be to conduct the first powered flight on another planet. This will help in understanding how to operate powered flights in Mars' thin atmosphere.

Spacesuit Material

Perseverance has also carried five samples of spacesuit material with it. Scientists aim to study how these materials degrade to understand how to create better spacesuits.

Indian Connection

Indian origin Swati Mohan is the Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Operations Lead at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mohan was the commentator as the world watched Perseverance land on Mars.