A white and red parachute furls open against a cloudy gray sky. A small metal car, with knobs and wires pointing every which way, slows down as it floats through the air. The rover touches down on dusty, copper-colored ground. A mere 130 million miles away, cheers erupt.
On February 18, 2021, the NASA rover Perseverance touched down on Mars seven months after taking off from Earth. Perseverance will look for evidence of past life on Mars, investigate Martian geological history, and more.