Perseverance successfully lands on Martian surface

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A large congratulations is due to the Mars 2020 team at NASA, without whom this mission to Mars would not have been possible..

Jacob Reiter, Staff Writer

The only thing to successfully be put on the Martian surface by NASA has been the Curiosity rover in August 2012. Since then, NASA has been working on a plan to get humans to Mars by the 2030s. Their second venture to Mars is in the form of the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter. Perseverance (aka Percy) is an improvement over Curiosity in every way and was initially supposed to replace it. However, Curiosity has been going strong ever since its launch and has outlived its expected lifetime. Percy was launched on July 30th at 7:30 AM after several delays due to poor weather conditions and last-minute tweaks. Percy was barreling towards Mars until it landed on Mars at 3:50 PM EST February 18th. During the “seven minutes of terror” as mission control called it, everyone was on the edge of their seats as more than 60% of all missions to put something on Mars have failed. Luckily, Percy landed safely and produced its first photo of the landing site’s landscape. Ingenuity is scheduled to attempt the first powered controlled flight on Mars in a month. If successful, Ingenuity will be used as a scout for other potential rover landing sites and possibly be the model for eventual human flight on Mars. Percy has landed on Mars with zero complications and is expected to begin collecting photographs and rock samples immediately.