NASA's Perseverance successfully touches down on Mars2021-02-19 17:40 by Daniela
Tags: NASA, Mars, Perseverance
After nearly seven months of waiting on Thursday, NASA's Perseverance Mars rover successfully touched down on the Red Planet. Perseverance - which was named by a seventh grader who won an essay contest - is the fifth rover NASA has sent to the red planet, and the most advanced. For the next two years the car-sized vehicle will search for signs of life, launch a helicopter and prepare the way for future human visits.
President Joe Biden congratulated the NASA teams following the succesful landing.
"Congratulations to NASA and everyone whose hard work made Perseverance's historic landing possible," the president wrote. "Today proved once again that with the power of science and American ingenuity, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility."
Perseverance is also carrying with it another vehicle that many space fans are keen to see in action - a helicopter, called Ingenuity.
Peserverance's Ingenuity helicopter is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor using the Snapdragon Flight platform. Indeed, Ingenuity is purely a technology demonstration - it's not designed to support the Perseverance mission. Its mission is to show that it's possible to fly on Mars using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and open-source software.
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