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NASA's Perseverance Rover Transmits to Earth from the Surface of Mars

NASA's Perseverance Rover Transmits to Earth from the Surface of Mars

This wind-carved rock seen in first 360-degree panorama taken by the Mastcam-Z instrument shows just how much detail is captured by the camera systems. The panorama was stitched together on Earth from 142 individual images taken on Sol 3, the third Martian day of the mission (February 21, 2021). A key objective for Perseverance's mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet's geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. NASA/UPI