NASA's MARS 2020 mission has reached the planet!  The lander touched down Thursday afternoon, and the craft has begun sending back preliminary images. 

HiRISE Captured Perseverance During Descent to Mars: image by NASA via wikimedia commons. The descent stage holding NASA’s Perseverance rover can be seen falling through the Martian atmosphere, its parachute trailing behind, in this image taken on Feb. 18, 2021, by HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

We can expect more data from the mission over the coming Martian year, as it explores the surface and caches rock samples for a future sample-return mission.

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