1/19/21 – Mars Rover Landing Success

Mars rover Perseverance safely landed on Mars Thursday, touching down in the Jezero Crater.  Dordt University professor of planetary science Channon Visscher said it was a complicated landing for the Perseverance.

The choice of landing site is part of what made the landing difficult.

Perseverance’s mission is to explore this part of the planet surface.

Some of the work done by Perseverance will set the stage for a later Mars mission.

Landing on Mars is complicated by the fact that there is a 22-minute delay between communication from earth to Mars, and back to our planet.

The lander had on-board technology that allow it to pick the best spot to land as it descended to the Planet surface.