Perseverance makes landfall on Mars

Man took another huge step forward in space exploration. On Thursday, February 18 2021, NASA’s 2020 Perseverance Rover finally made landfall on Mars after a seven month journey through space. This is one of the greatest feats ever taken in space exploration and the crew who made it possible even received praise from President Biden saying, “Congratulations to NASA and everyone whose hard work made Perseverance’s historic landing possible. Today proved once again that with the power of science and American ingenuity, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility.”

Over the years NASA has successfully landed four rovers on Mars, five counting Perseverance. So what makes this one so special? For starters, it’s the first rover to have a majority of its cameras able to pick up color. This means scientists can more thoroughly examine photographs taken by the rover. 

Another feature of this rover that makes it revolutionary is its SuperCam. A SuperCam, according to the official NASA website, is a large laser beam used to study the makeup of minerals and other biological findings on Mars. The main reason it’s truly there is to extend the reach of rovers and hopefully find fossils that prove microbial life had once existed on the planet.  

Unlike on previous missions, NASA now has the capability to share live photos of the rovers journey on their website. This means the entire world can watch and observe Perseverance’s discoveries as it takes its long journey around Mars.