Perseverance Rover successfully lands on Mars, confirms NASA
New Delhi : NASA has confirmed successful landing of its Perseverance Rover on red planet after overcoming the risky landing, aka seven minutes of terror.
"Touchdown confirmed," said operations lead Swati Mohan at around 3:55 pm Eastern Time (2055 GMT).
The total process must had completed 11 minutes before the confirmation, as radio signal takes that much time to reach Earth from Mars.
"WOW!!" tweeted Nasa Associate Administrator Thomas Zurburchen as he posted the Perseverance's first black and white image from the Jezero Crater in Mars' northern hemisphere.
This is the fifth such rover which has made a successful landing on Mars; interestingly all others also belong to America and the first one had reached there in 1997.
About Perseverance Rover
The rover is of a size of SUV, it’s total weight is about 1 ton, has been fitted with a seven-foot long robotic arm. 19 cameras have been fitted in it with 2 microphones.
It is the beginning of a multi-year journey of the Perseverance Rover on the planet, where it will study the biosignatures of microbes that might have existed there billions of years ago, when conditions were warmer and wetter than they are today.
It will also collect around 30 rocks from the red planet which will be brought back to earth in 2030s for lab analysis.