NASA's Perseverance Rover Gets to Work on the Surface of Mars

NASA's Perseverance Rover Gets to Work on the Surface of Mars

This is the first high-resolution, color image to be sent back by the Hazard Cameras (Hazcams) on the underside of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover after its landing on February 18, 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 (broken rock and dust). In cooperation with ESA (the European Space Agency), subsequent NASA missions would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these cached samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis. NASA/UPI