After a long cosmic journey that lasted for about six months, the Perseverance rover finally landed on Mars several days ago. The machine will be searching for signs of microbial life on the Red Planet, as scientists hope that some organisms lived there billions of years ago.
There are plenty of reasons why we can be optimistic that scientists will be finding any sort of life traces on Mars. First and foremost, the planet was dominated by huge amounts of water about 3.8 billion years ago, similar to how Earth is now. This incredible phenomenon happened due to a denser atmosphere and higher temperatures on the surface of Mars. Let’s not also forget that the Red Planet is located at the right distance from the Sun where it’s not too cold and neither too hot. Last but not least, Mars has a rocky structure like Earth, and that’s not a very common feature in our Solar System. Saturn and Jupiter are mostly made of gases, while Uranus and Neptune are icy worlds. As for Pluto, it’s not even considered a planet anymore.
Touchdown on the Jezero crater on February 18
Perseverance landed on the Red Planet on February 18, and even the landing itself wasn’t an easy task. The rover needed to deploy a parachute that was equipped with a hidden message written in binary computer code. Thanks to the YouTube channel of BBC News, we can see some footage of the landing below:
The description writes:
The American space agency has released video of its Perseverance rover landing on Mars.
Nasa sent Perseverance to Mars festooned with cameras, seven of which were dedicated to recording the landing.
Their imagery represents vital feedback for engineers as they look to improve still further the technologies used to put probes on the surface of the Red planet.
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