NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully touches down on Mars

Florida: NASA successfully landed its new robotic rover on Mars, a mission to directly study if there was ever life on the planet.

While the agency has landed other missions on Mars, the $2.7 billion robotic explorer named Perseverance carries a sophisticated set of scientific tools that will bring advanced capabilities to the search for life beyond our planet.

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Perseverance was the third robotic visitor from Earth to arrive at the red planet this month. Last week, two other spacecraft, Hope from the United Arab Emirates and Tianwen-1 from China, entered orbit around Mars.

The much-anticipated Perseverance mission could answer key questions about Mars’ history and evolution, but it’s also a crucial stepping stone toward NASA’s goal of sending humans to explore the red planet.

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