National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA’s) Perseverance Rover has landed on Mars. This was one of the most crucial aspects of the Mars 2020 Mission.

NASA's Mars 2020 Mission

NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission: Aim

  • About:
    • The mission is designed to better understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life.
  • Objectives:
    • Assess ancient habitability.
    • Demonstrate technology for future robotic and human exploration.
  • Duration: At least one Mars year (about 687 Earth days).
  • Mission Steps:
    • Collect: Perseverance will collect rock and soil samples in cigar-sized tubes. The samples will be collected, the canisters will be sealed, and left on the ground.
    • Fetch: A Mars Fetch Rover (provided by the European Space Agency) will land, drive, and collect all samples from the different locations, and return to the lander.
    • Transfer: These samples will be transferred to the Mars Ascent Vehicle which will meet with an Orbiter.
    • Return: The Orbiter will carry the samples back to Earth.

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