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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Has Landed on Mars

After a harrowing landing and traveling nearly 292.5 million miles, NASA's Perseverance with Ingenuity touched down on Mars at 3:55P ET today, February 18, 2021.

Congratulations to the teams at NASA and JPL. We cannot wait to see what research comes from this incredible mission.

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February 18, 2021

(Updated: February 22, 2021)

The Mars Rover and Mars Helicopter launched on July 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Starting now, their mission is to seek signs of ancient life and collect samples from Mars for examination on Earth. Here are the highlights from their arrival on the red planet.

Known as the “seven minutes of terror,” Perseverance readied itself to complete its Entry, Descent, and Landing sequence to land at the Jezero crater on Mars. The spacecraft entered the Martian atmosphere at 3:48P ET and successfully landed at 3:55P ET.

8 Minutes until Atmospheric Entry!

Touch down on Mars! Congratulations to NASA, JPL, and its partners on this historic milestone!!

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