Scenes from Perseverance landing on Mars(11 images)
NASA's Perseverance rover landed safely on Mars on Thursday, making it the fifth NASA rover to reach the Red Planet. The rover transmitted a series of brief signals and the first photo back to Earth telling the NASA control room it made a safe landing. Here's a look at some key moments.
Members of NASA's Perseverance rover team react in mission control, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., after receiving confirmation the spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars on Thursday. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA
The first photo taken by Perseverance after landing on the Martian surface, where the rover will characterize the planet's geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration. It will be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. Photo courtesy of NASA
Perseverance flight director Magdy Bareh moves the final marble from the Perseverance Mars rover Earth launch jar to the Mars landing in a conference room of the Mission Support Area, where the Perseverance Mars rover team has been moving one marble a day since launch from jar to jar. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA