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NASA Perseverance Rover sends back first images from Mars

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The landing of Perseverance went about as smooth as it could possibly go. Following a controlled descent into the Martian atmosphere, the rover finally touched down at around 9pm on Thursday, February 18.

As soon as it touched down, ground control erupted into cheers following hours of tension.

The machine has wasted no time in sending back images from Mars, with NASA releasing them straight away.

The images are grainy, with higher definition pics to come in the ensuing days.

However, you can clearly see the surface of the planet in black and white.

The images are of the Jezero Crater, where Perseverance landed and will now begin looking for signs of ancient life.

NASA said: “NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has sent back its first image(s) from the surface of the Red Planet.

“The image(s) come from Perseverance’s Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Hazcams), which help with driving.

“The clear protective covers over these cameras are still on.

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Mike Watkins, director of NASA’s JPL said: “It’s the biggest and best rover we have ever sent to Mars.

“This is the first step in a Mars sample return. Not only is it doing its own mission, but it is setting us up for future missions and to bring those samples back.”

NASA chief engineer Rob Manning added: “NASA works.

“When we put our arms together and our hands together and our brains together, we can succeed. This is what NASA does.”



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