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NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars after traveling 300 million miles in 7 months to know if life ever existed there

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Updated: February 26, 2021

A NASA rover landed on Mars on Thursday in an attempt to bring back rocks on earth that could answer the question whether life ever existed on the red planet and what happened.

After Perseverance Rover landed on Mars, it took 11 and half minutes for the signal to reach earth.

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“Touchdown confirmed! perseverance safely on the surface of Mars,” flight controller Swati Mohan announced, leading to fist bumps, high-fives and cheers at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

As the AP noted, “the landing marks the third visit to Mars in just over a week. Two spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates and China swung into orbit around Mars on successive days last week.”

All the three missions lifted off in July to take advantage of the close alignment of Earth and Mars, traveling some 300 million miles in nearly 7 seven month, the AP said, adding that “Perseverance, the biggest ever advanced rover sent by NASA, became the ninth spacecraft to successfully land on Mars, everyone of them from the U.S.”

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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