Ebene News – GB – Mars Landing Video: Watch As Perseverance Landed On Mars – ‘Touchdown Confirmed’

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The Perseverance rover landed on Mars Thursday evening (February 18) It will now begin its search for signs of alien life, NASA revealed.You can still see all the action in a neat set of highlights that has been produced by the space agency

The rover landed in a “nice flat spot,” according to landing team chief Allen Chen, who confirmed the rover was safe and ready to go

“We managed to find this parking lot and have a safe rover on the ground,” he said “I couldn’t be prouder of my team for doing this”

Perseverance landed at 855pm Thursday evening, which was greeted by a chorus of cheers in the NASA control room

The controllers were separated by transparent screens to maintain social distancing, but the excitement was still visible to all who watched

Moments after confirmation of the landing, the rover returned the first two images of the surface of Mars to Earth

Dust covered large parts of the image, but it was still possible to see a flat surface in front of the vehicle

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Earlier this morning, on Friday, February 19, NASA unveiled its highlights from the Perseverance landing

This included the exact moment the Martian rover landed, sending the control room into pandemonium

The Mars rover was launched from the Cape Canaveral space station in Florida on July 30, 2020

The plan was to use the rover to collect samples from Mars and then send them back to Earth

Scientists will use the samples to look for signs of ancient microbial life, which will provide definitive proof that life once existed on the Red Planet

NASA Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen said: “Due to today’s exciting events, the first pristine samples from carefully documented places on another planet are another step more to the return to Earth

“But what they could tell us is monumental – including that life might once have existed beyond Earth”

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Ebene News – GB – Mars Landing Video: Watch the moment Perseverance lands on Mars – ‘Touchdown confirmed’

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1399884/mars-landing-video-watch-perseverance-rover-lands-on-mars-touchdown-confirmed-evg