Journey to the Red Planet with Perseverance and Ingenuity

(Updated: February 22, 2021)

NASA's Perseverance with Ingenuity touched down on the dusty red planet Thursday, February 18, 2021, at approximately 3:55P ET. The Mars Rover and Mars Helicopter launched on July 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Their mission is to seek signs of ancient life and collect samples from Mars for examination on Earth. From concept to launch to its harrowing landing, here are some of the highlights and the first images sent back to Earth from the rover!

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February 17, 2021
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