Perseverance hits a huge milestone on Mars
Time flies when you’re on another planet. NASA’s Perseverance rover and the Mars Ingenuity helicopter have now both been on the Red Planet for a full 100 martian days. For a mission that is expected to last many years that might seem like a drop in the bucket, but the sheer amount of work that Perseverance has done in just 100 days is pretty darn impressive. The first 100 days after the mission landed have been packed with photography, audio capture, and of course the deployment and testing of the plucky little helicopter.
The rover’s successful landing was anything but guaranteed, as is the case with any mission sent into space, but now that it’s safe and sound on the planet’s surface we have a lot to look forward to in the coming years. Much of what the rover has already accomplished can be seen as laying the groundwork for that research, and soon the rover will truly be able to do what it was built to do, which is to hunt for signs of life on Mars and deliver valuable data back to Earth.
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June 2, 2021 at 12:28PM