Perseverance Rover: News

The Perseverance Rover rover was sent to Mars by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It was launched on July 30, 2020, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It successfully landed on the red planet on February 18, 2021. Its landing site is called the Jezero crater. The Perseverance Rover's mission objective is to seek signs of ancient life and collect samples of rock and Regolith (broken rock and soil) for a possible return to Earth via a manned mission in the future. The rover contains several technology demonstrations on-board including the Mars helicopter that successfully completed its 30-day demonstration phase and is now in the operations demo phase as of September 2021. The rover has also been sent to Mars to assess ancient habitability, scout for rocks known to preserve signs of life over time, and demonstrate technology for future robotic and human exploration on the red planet. Perseverance is expected to spend at least one Martian year (two Earth years) exploring its landing site. The mission is being managed for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington D.C. by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Caltech in Pasadena, California.

18 Jun 2024


NASA's Perseverance rover overcomes obstacles to explore Martian 'Bright Angel'

NASA's Perseverance rover has been exploring the southern side of Neretva Vallis, an ancient river channel on Mars, since January.

14 Jun 2024


Martian meteorites unlock secrets of the Red Planet's hidden layers

A team of scientists from the University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography is studying meteorites from Mars that have landed on Earth.

22 Aug 2023


NASA Perseverance identifies sunspot that could soon point toward Earth

NASA's Perseverance rover, which is currently probing Mars, has captured an intriguing large sunspot.

21 Jul 2023


How NASA's Perseverance rover selects samples on Mars

In February 2021, NASA's six-wheeled robot, called Perseverance rover, landed on Mars to find out if the now-barren planet ever contained any traces of life.

28 Jun 2023


NASA's Perseverance rover finds mysterious, donut-shaped rock on Mars

NASA's Perseverance rover has found another interesting rock on Mars, but researchers are not entirely sure about where it came from.

12 Jun 2023


How NASA assigns names to geological features on Mars

NASA currently has two rovers probing Mars: Curiosity and Perseverance Rover.

06 Apr 2023


NASA's Perseverance picks new Martian sample: What's special about it

NASA's Perseverance Rover (Percy) has picked up the first Martian sample as part of its new science campaign.

06 Apr 2023


NASA's Mars Helicopter Ingenuity breaks records, flies higher than ever

NASA's Mars Ingenuity Helicopter has shattered records, once again. The chopper flew higher and faster than before during its 49th flight which happened on April 2.

How AI can help find life beyond Earth

The hunt for life beyond our home planet is bound to get easier in the future. Scientists have developed a new machine learning tool that could help look for signs of life on Mars and other extraterrestrial bodies.

22 Feb 2023

Nature Communications

Rovers may not identify signs of life on Mars: Study

A new study reveals that the robots currently probing Mars might not be capable to hunt down traces of life on the Red Planet.

21 Feb 2023


NASA's Perseverance Rover completes two years on the Red Planet

NASA's Perseverance Rover successfully completed two years on Mars on February 18.

15 Feb 2023


Significance of the sample depot constructed by NASA's Perseverance Rover 

The Perseverance Rover (nicknamed 'Percy') recently completed building a sample depot on Mars. This is the first time that a sample repository of this kind has been constructed in another world and this also marks a big milestone for the mission.

07 Feb 2023

Space News

New study sheds light on the habitability of Mars

A new study provides key insights into the conditions that could have supported life on Mars.

31 Jan 2023


Historic! NASA's Perseverance Rover completes sample depot on Mars

Perseverance Rover has successfully finished constructing the sample depot on Mars. The rover dropped the last of the 10 sample tubes on January 29 to achieve the historic feat.

26 Jan 2023


NASA's Perseverance Rover has filed the first Martian weather report

We now have a better understanding of what the weather is like on Mars, thanks to Perseverance Rover.

20 Jan 2023


NASA's Perseverance Rover drops 8th sample tube on Mars

Perseverance Rover has dropped its eighth sample tube, out of ten, at the sample depot that it is constructing at the Three Forks region in the Jezero Crater region on Mars.

10 Jan 2023


NASA's Perseverance Rover completes 50% of sample depot on Mars

The Perseverance Rover has finished constructing 50% of its sample depot on the red planet.

06 Jan 2023


NASA's Perseverance Rover completes its primary mission on Mars

NASA's Perseverance Rover has thrived one Mars year, equivalent to around 687 Earth days, on the red planet.

22 Dec 2022


Historic! NASA Perseverance Rover deposits first sample on Mars surface

NASA's Perseverance Rover has deposited its first sample tube, containing Martian rock, on the red planet. This is a "historic early step" for the Mars Sample Return program, which will bring back samples to Earth for in-depth investigation.

19 Dec 2022


How NASA's Perseverance Rover will build sample depot on Mars

NASA's Perseverance Rover will soon begin setting up the first-ever sample depot on Mars.

15 Dec 2022


NASA's Perseverance Rover records the rumble of 'Martian dust devil'

NASA's Perseverance Rover has captured what a 'dust devil' on Mars sounds like, for the first time ever.

07 Dec 2022


NASA's Ingenuity helicopter flies 46 feet above Mars, sets record

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter flew its highest-ever distance from Mars' surface during its 35th flight.

06 Dec 2022


NASA's Perseverance Rover collects Martian regolith, its third sample type

NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover has picked up regolith, which is basically Martian dust, from a large sand ripple called "Observation Mountain."

25 Nov 2022


NASA's Perseverance Rover finds evidence of water and volcanic rocks

Data collected from Mars Perseverance Rover tells a "story of fire and water."

23 Nov 2022


How NASA plans to bring back samples from Mars?

NASA and ESA are hard at work to bring back rock and soil samples from Mars by 2030. This is the first time that samples will be brought back from another planet.

18 Nov 2022


NASA's Perseverance Rover finds a tantalizing Martian sandstone

NASA's Perseverance Rover has picked up a new Martian rock sample.

12 Oct 2022


Perseverance Mars Rover faces unexpected glitch while picking rock samples

NASA's Perseverance Rover is diligently collecting rock samples as it parades the Jezero Crater on Mars.

05 Oct 2022


NASA's Perseverance Rover collects its 13th rock core sample

NASA's Perseverance Rover has successfully obtained another rocky sample from the Jezero Crater on Mars.

27 Sep 2022

Space News

Over 7,000kg of trash: Mars has already become junkyard planet

Fifty years, 14 missions, and 18 man-made objects—that's what humanity's relationship with Mars looks like in the fewest of words.

17 Jun 2022


NASA's Perseverance rover captures "something unexpected" and it's not Martian

NASA's Perseverance rover is yet to find proof of life on Mars, but it has captured "something unexpected" on the red planet.

26 Apr 2021


NASA's Ingenuity helicopter completes third long-distance flight, with fastest-yet airspeed

NASA's Perseverance rover Mars mission has been a resounding success so far, with both its technology demonstrations showing promise.

22 Apr 2021


NASA's MOXIE proof-of-concept successfully converts Martian carbon dioxide to oxygen

Besides the Ingenuity helicopter that took flight on Mars earlier this week, NASA had sent another proof of concept to the red planet. The device is called Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE).

19 Apr 2021


NASA's Ingenuity helicopter aces first test flight in Martian environment

Ever since NASA successfully unsheathed the Ingenuity helicopter that accompanied its Perseverance rover to Mars, anticipation had been building for the helicopter's first flight.

23 Mar 2021


NASA's Ingenuity helicopter now one step closer to first flight

Over the weekend, NASA's Perseverance rover dropped the debris shield that protected the Ingenuity helicopter during the rover's historic landing on the red planet.

07 Mar 2021


NASA's Perseverance rover completes first test drive on Martian soil

NASA has recently announced that its Perseverance rover successfully completed its first test drive on Mars.

06 Mar 2021


NASA's Perseverance rover performs first test drive on Mars

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive. It ventured from its landing position, on Thursday, two weeks after landing, to seek signs of past life.

03 Mar 2021


NASA's Perseverance rover powered by processors used in 90s' iMacs

NASA's Perseverance rover, which is presently on Mars, is powered by the same IBM PowerPC processor found in the Apple iMacs from 1998. The processor is about 23 years old, and is painfully slow by modern standards.

24 Feb 2021


Netizens decode message hidden in NASA's Perseverance rover's parachute

The parachute unfurled during the final descent of NASA's Perseverance rover had random pattern of red and white bands, on the face of it. NASA officials later said it contained an encoded message.

23 Feb 2021

Space News

NASA's Perseverance rover relays first audio, video clips from Mars

Yesterday, NASA's 2020 Perseverance rover relayed video and audio feeds from Mars. The rover had landed successfully on Mars' Jezero Crater on February 18. It has now sent footage of the landing and a brief audio recording of the sounds from the red planet.

20 Feb 2021


This photo of Mars rover's descent has NASA awestruck

The world got its first close-up look at a Mars landing on Friday, as NASA released a stunning picture of its newest rover being lowered onto the dusty red surface.

19 Feb 2021


NASA's Perseverance rover sends first pictures of Mars to Earth

NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars' Jezero crater late last night. The challenging mission is aimed at finding signs of life on the red planet.

19 Feb 2021

Mars Orbiter Mission

NASA's Perseverance rover successfully lands on Mars' Jezero crater

NASA's Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars' Jezero crater last night. NASA's YouTube channel streamed the event live from 00:45 AM IST on February 19. You can watch the historic feat using this link: