Hello, fellow bloggers and readers. Back at writing this week. And, as all of us might be aware, the Perseverance rover has finally made it to the Jezero Crater on Mars on 18th Feb 2021. While the mission has just started, the rover has already started rolling out several images and videos straight from the Martian surface. The phenomenal rover landing video is breaking the internet all over the world and the first of many high-definition images from Mars.
I am very happy and excited about this mission because of how much it’s directly linked with common folks like us. Perseverance rover is carrying names of more than 10million people with itself, while the name Perseverance was also chosen after a competition held around the world where the students were asked to submit names for the rover. NASA made sure that people around the world can see themselves connected with the mission which is operating two ways from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the Jezero Crater where the rover has landed. Not only the scientific community but also the common people around the world feel connected to the mission directly due to such efforts, which is commendable.
The mission took off on 30th July 2020 and landed on Jezero Crater on Mars on 18th Feb 2021. But the actual mission has just started. Perseverance will collect several Martian rock and soil samples which will be taken back to Earth on a future mission. It will be the first time such a thing will happen where a mission will send samples back to Earth. Scientists and researchers will work on all the data and samples from Mars which will be collected by Perseverance to study the astrobiology of the planet Mars and the potential for life on the planet itself.
Ingenuity, a small helicopter that was sent with the Perseverance rover will also be deployed after 60 days from landing to test the first powered flight on another planet. The test will help NASA scientists to work on similar technology for future missions.
And while I am at it, let me also applause the work of Indian American scientist Swati Mohan, who is the lead scientist for this Mars mission. She announced the successful touchdown of the Perseverance on the Martian surface. A proud moment for all of us indeed.
Also, let me tell you that I have recently uploaded my new Podcast episode on the same topic as here, so you can check it out if interested just in case.
I hope the Perseverance mission will help scientists and researchers all around the world in new research and findings. I sincerely appreciate and applaud their work. 🙏
Thanku for reading, do tell me your views and opinions on the Perseverance mission in the comments. Stay safe and take care guys. 🙏