NASA's Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars

The robotic vehicle sailed through space for nearly seven months, covering 293 million miles (472 million km) before piercing the Martian atmosphere at 12,000 miles per hour (19,000 km per hour) to begin its approach to touchdown on the planet's surface.

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- We're getting signals from MRO.

- UHF is good. Touchdown confirmed. Perseverance is safely on the surface of Mars, ready to begin seeking the sands of past life.

[CHEERING]

At this point, the service stage has flown away to a safe distance. Perseverance is continuing to transmit direct through Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to Earth.

[CHEERING]

- Flight, I'll be moving in, showing you the safe zone that we've landed in.

- We just put the first image first perseverance on the surface of Mars. Now it comes from the engineering cameras, known as the hazard camera. This camera is mainly used to help the Rover drive safely around Mars, and we will get higher resolution photos later in the day.