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.

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

Space News

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.

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

Space News

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

Space News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

Space News

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.

NASA's Perseverance Rover finds a tantalizing Martian sandstone

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

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.

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.

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.

14 May 2021

Space News

China's Tianwen-1 lander and rover successfully touchdown on Mars

Shortly after realizing the dream of launching its own space station, China reportedly succeeded at its attempt to land the Zhurong lander on Mars on May 14 as a part of its Tianwen-1 mission.

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

Mars Landing

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

Apple

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

Twitter

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.

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.

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: https://youtu.be/gm0b_ijaYMQ.