Today is the historic day in the arena of science and technology as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully landed its ‘Perseverance’ rover in a deep crater on the surface of Mars.
NASA’s rover, which is the most advanced astrobiology robot ever sent to another planet, landed safely near the Mars’ equator called Jezero, its first stop in search for traces of ancient microbial life on the Red Planet.
There was loud cheering and applause as radio signals confirmed that historic touchdown. The rover will now spend at least next two looking for evidence of past life.
As soon as the American space agency confirmed the landing, #NASA2020 began trending on twitter. President of United States (US) Joe Biden also extended felicitations to NASA saying its “hard work made Perseverance’s historic landing possible”.
Congratulations to NASA and everyone whose hard work made Perseverance’s historic landing possible. Today proved once again that with the power of science and American ingenuity, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility. pic.twitter.com/NzSxW6nw4k— President Biden (@POTUS) February 18, 2021
Twitterati also shared their sentiments on NASA’s successful mission:
Some people were quick to come up with hilarious memes:
NASA's nuclear-powered perseverance rover thundered off Earth in July and began its seven-month journey toward Mars. The SUV-sized robot landed on Mars, finishing 470-million kilometers journey from Earth.
The six-wheeled robot will search the planet for signs of alien life and test technologies that humans will need to survive on future interplanetary missions. It will also search for ancient signs of life and will collect data and geology of Mars.
The perseverance will also take the first HD video of a Mars landing and drill the first martian rock samples for return to Earth.