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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

Try to process oxygen on Mars

The main task of the survey vessel is to collect thirty soil samples to be sent to Earth sometime in about a decade.

Perseverance is the size of a good SUV, weighs about a ton, and is equipped with a two-meter-long arm, nineteen cameras, two microphones and a number of other scientific devices that come are useful in exploring the planet.

Attempts will be made to extract oxygen from the atmosphere of Mars and look for resources that could be useful to humans once they get there.

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