A lifeline between Mars and Earth: See the latest breath-taking photos from NASA's revolutionary Perseverance rover

Saturday, February 20
Ciarán Mather

It seems that the world can't get enough of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s new rover, Perseverance.

After recently touching down on the Red Planet, the rover has been getting used to the Martian terrain, with NASA sharing some stunning photographs of its findings online.

In addition, NASA have recently announced that they would be holding a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session with the landing engineers and image and sound experts of the Perseverance rover mission on February 22nd.

Speaking at a briefing on the landing, Adam Steltzner, the Mars 2020 chief engineer, expressed his hope that the image of the rover landing would become as iconic as other famous space pictures, such as those of Buzz Aldrin on the moon in 1969, the image of Saturn seen from Voyager 1, or the Pillars of Creation taken by the Hubble Telescope.

President Joe Biden also commented on the rover's recent success, saying that its successful landing is 'a shining example of how we can meet any challenge with international cooperation and teamwork.'

The rover was one of three separate space probes controlled by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the USA and China, with the Perseverance rover being the last one to reach it.

Perseverance will collect rocks for analysis back on Earth, as well as for any potential signs of habitable conditions and microorganisms, that could prove that the Red Planet once hosted life of its own.

The rover is equivalent in size to a small car and is estimated to have cost around $2.7 billion to build.

Watch this space (no pun intended) for further Perseverance updates!

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