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Perseverance on Mars

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Text, News From The Universe. February 25, 2021
 
Perseverance on Mars
 
Split-screen shows a parachute being deployed at 30% speed, and in realtime.
 
Text, NASA's Mars Perseverance rover has successfully landed in the planet's Jezero Crater.
 
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Footage shows the module dropping towards the planet.
 
Text, Perseverance confirmed landing minutes later with this first real image.
 
Image shows rough, sandy terrain in black and white.
 
Text, The Jezero Crater was once filled with liquid water.

Perseverance will collect samples from the crater surface to be analyzed for signs of past microbial life.
 
The mission also includes several technology experiments that will pave the way for future astronaut missions to Mars.
 
The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will be the first attempt at powered flight on another planet.
 
Future equipment like this could scout locations and make deliveries to astronauts exploring away from base.
 
This news was brought to you in part by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA