NASA's Perseverance rover landed on the surface of Mars on Thursday, triumphantly marking the end of its seven-month journey through space and the beginning of its Mars mission. Perseverance will get you anywhere. After a harrowing entry and descent onto the red planet inside a lander, Perseverance was lowered on a set of wires by the lander, which hovered 20 meters above the ground thanks to its small rockets. Everything in the entry, descent, and landing (known as the seven minutes of terror) went according to plan, and Perseverance can begin checking all of its parts and scientific instruments to make sure it's functioning properly. The entire landing process was broadcast live.
Nasa's Perseverance rover, due to launch to Mars this summer, will search an ancient crater lake for signs of past life. But if biology ever emerged on the Red Planet, how will scientists recognise it? Here, mission scientist Ken Williford explains what they're looking for. Today, Mars is hostile to life. It's too cold for water to stay liquid on the surface, and the thin atmosphere lets through high levels of radiation, potentially sterilising the upper part of the soil. Some 3.5 billion years ago or more, water with a near-neutral pH was present on the surface.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover has sent back its first high-definition panorama, giving a 360-degree look from the planet's surface using its rotating Mastcam-Z instrument. The picture is the rover's second panorama since Perseverance landed on the planet on Feb. 18. The rover's Navigation Cameras -- also on the mast -- captured another panorama on Feb. 20.
It may sound like little pings, but the latest recording shared by NASA is Perseverance firing off its laser for the first time on Mars. The sounds of 30 impacts can be heard during the audio recording, which were shot from the rover's SuperCam instrument and captured by a microphone attached to the rover. The technology, located on the mast, releases pulses capable of vaporizing rocks from up to 20 feet away - and is a key component for investigating the Jezero Crater for signs of ancient life. Perseverance eyed an area 10 feet away, shot its laser and the ground team was able to analyze the target's composition, which proved to be mostly volcanic rocks. NASA says'variations in the intensity of the zapping sounds will provide information on the physical structure of the targets, such as its relative hardness or the presence of weathering coatings.'
To mark the arrival of NASAs latest rover on Mars, the Natural History Museum has placed a giant replica of the Red Planet alongside its famous whale centrepiece. The Perseverance Rover will arrive on Mars later today after a seven month journey from Earth and will begin its search for traces of past microbial life. To mark this moment, the Natural History Museum in London has added a splat of red to its Hintze Hall, alongside the'Hope' blue whale skeleton that arrived in 2017. Scientists from the museum are also working with NASA and colleagues from the European Space Agency to advise on rock and soil sample collection. Part of Perseverance mission is to gather samples from the Martian soil and store it ready for a later joint ESA and NASA mission to come and collect them and return the samples to Earth, where museum scientists will help study the material. The Natural History Museum in London has added a splat of red to its Hintze Hall, alongside the'Hope' blue whale skeleton that arrived in 2017 When NASA's Mars rover Perseverance hits the final stretch of its seven-month journey from Earth this week, it is set to emit a radio alert as it streaks into the thin Martian atmosphere.