The Mars Rover Perseverance was launched in July 30 last year from the Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the US state of Florida. It reached Mars on February 18 after a 203-day journey. After its landing NASA has decided to name the landing site after the science fiction author Octavia Butler.
Perseverance has a goal to accomplish in Mars. It was launched to study the astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life on the red planet. Moreover, its goal is to study the planet’s geology and past climate, will pave the way for the breakthrough humankind has been looking for.
On top of that Perseverance is the first mission to first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith – broken rock and dust. After the Perseverance mission, there will be subsequent missions that will involve sampling. NASA & ESA will send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis.
It isn’t just the red planet that has left humans curious. Moon has also fascinated us. The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach. It also includes Artemis missions to the Moon that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.
The new space programs are focusing more on exploring. It is also aiming to learn more about life in different planets. Perseverance mission is just an effort on part of the NASA to know whether Mars had life, or is it suitable for life in the coming ages.