Perseverance rover News
"We've added the helicopters as a backup means," says Jeff Gramling, director of NASA's Mars sample return program If Perseverance Rover breaks down, the two helicopters shall be launched to load the samples onto the rocket The most recent sample, a sedimentary rock, holds the greatest promise of containing possible evidence of ancient Martian life
US space agency NASA has released a 'breathtaking' video of Mars landing The Perseverance rover landed last Thursday near an ancient river delta in Jezero Crater to search for signs of ancient microscopic life. After spending the weekend binge-watching the descent and landing video, the team at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, shared the video at a news conference on Monday.
"This landing is one of those pivotal moments for NASA, the US, 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," said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk. The mission itself personifies the human ideal of persevering towards the future and will help us prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet," Jurczyk said in a statement.
In one of NASA's most ambitious Mars mission, the Perseverance rover will land on the surface of planet Mars on Friday (February 19), according to Indian time. NASA has confirmed that the rover, which was launched this summer, will touch down in Jezero Crater, an ancient delta on the Martian surface, at around 2:25 am IST on Friday. A key objective of the mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life.