NASA Perseverance Mars rover: With NASA’s Perseverance rover’s landing on Mars just around the corner, the US space agency is building up its excitement as well as that of Science lovers. In July last year, three missions from three different countries had taken off for the Red Planet – the UAE’s Hope orbiter, China’s Tianwen-1 mission, and NASA’s Perseverance. On February 9, the Hope probe entered the orbit of Mars, and a day later, China’s Tianwen-1 also entered the rotation of the Red Planet. However, NASA’s mission would enter the trajectory of our neighboring planet on February 18.
UAE is only an orbiter of these three missions, while China’s Tianwen-1 would attempt to land its rover on the Martian surface in a few months. On the other hand, NASA, which has already landed several previous missions on the Red Planet, would attempt to land its rover on the surface of Mars on February 18 itself to collect soil samples from it to help scientists understand the ancient microbial life that might have been present on the planet at some point in the past.
And to prepare science enthusiasts for the big event, NASA has released a dramatic video, almost like a movie trailer, showing how it envisions the mission going down. The video shows the NASA probe blazing through space, approaching the Red Planet before reaching the desired spot to set into motion its dissent protocol. There, the Perseverance rover is lowered onto the surface with the help of a sky crane, which then flies away.