This photo was one of the first to be released on Mars. AFP
After seven months in space travel, NASA’s Perseverance landed on the planet Mars yesterday.
“Landing confirmed,” said Project Manager Swati Mohan at . 55 local time in Pasadena yesterday, or 18. 55 Icelandic time, and as a result, cheers erupted around her in the NASA Operations Board in the city.
In fact, it had gone red the planet at least eleven minutes before, or the amount of time it took for the radio signal to return to Earth.
US President Joe Biden says the event is historic.
“Today it has been proven once again that by the power of science and American ingenuity, there is nothing beyond what is possible.”
Congratulations to NASA and everyone whose hard work made Perseverance’s historic landing possible. Today proved once again that with the power of science and American ingenuity, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility. pic.twitter.com/NzSxW6nw4k
– President Biden (@POTUS) February , 2021
French President Emmanuel Macron also watched premises of the French Space Agency. AFP