It’s best to Google “Perseverance rover.”
In the event you’ve been following the dramatic success of yesterday’s Mars touchdown, you might have Google’d “Perseverance rover” in the present day (Feb. 19). In the event you did, you most likely observed your web page lighting up with (Martian) purple fireworks.
As a enjoyable little web Easter egg, Google is setting off digital fireworks throughout screens in all places: All it’s important to do is Google that straightforward phrase. The corporate is deploying this digital gentle present in celebration of NASA efficiently touchdown the Perseverance rover on the floor of the Crimson Planet yesterday (Feb. 18) as a part of the company’s Mars 2020 mission.
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The rover touched down in Jezero Crater — an historical lake and delta on the Martian floor that scientists assume is a perfect location for the spacecraft to seek for indicators of ancient life — yesterday afternoon. NASA mission management on the company’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California obtained affirmation that the rover landed safely yesterday at three:55 p.m. EST (2055 GMT), about 11 minutes after the touchdown really occurred because of the time it takes gentle to cross the gap between the 2 planets.
Utilizing the first-ever Mars Helicopter, a set of high-resolution cameras and quite a lot of experiments and instruments, the staff behind the mission will seek for proof of historical life on Mars, discover the planet’s terrain, acquire samples for a future mission to convey to Earth, and a lot extra. This rover (and the entire mission) is so out-of-this-world cool, it is definitely price some fireworks!
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