"Hello, World, My First look at my forever home" a tweet from NASA's most advanced Mars Rover Perseverance brought immense pleasure and satisfaction in the mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Controllers confirmed that Perseverance with the Ingenuity Mars helicopter attached to its body has touched down safely on the Red Planet, Thursday.
As soon as Perseverance landed in Mars's
Jezero Crater has disseminated the 1st Rocky image of Mars, captured from its Hazard Avoidance Cameras(Hazcams) which help with driving.
The 1st images are of low resolution, known as thumbnails, higher version will be available later. On July 20, 1976, the very 1st picture of Mars was taken by Viking Lander Camera. Perseverance is the biggest car-like, Platinum plated rover ever sent by NASA, it is the ninth spacecraft to successfully land on Mars.
It is also the 1st NASA rover with the capacity to collect samples of soil and rock and cache them on the Martian surface. It aims at finding the existence of ancient life on Mars.
“This landing is one of those pivotal moments for NASA, the United States, and space exploration globally – when we know we are on the cusp of discovery and sharpening our pencils, so to speak, to rewrite the textbooks,” the space agency’s administrator Steve Jurczyk said in a statement.
"The Mars Perseverance mission embodies our nation's spirit of persevering even in the most challenging of situations, inspiring and advancing science and exploration," added Jurczyk.
Perseverance, a robotic geologist and astrobiologist will undergo several weeks of testing before it begins its two-year mission.