You ought to Google “Perseverance rover.”
If you have been following the dramatic success of yesterday’s Mars landing, you will have Google’d “Perseverance rover” today (Feb. 19). If you probably did, you most likely seen your web page lighting up with (Martian) pink fireworks.
As a fun little web Easter egg, Google is setting off digital fireworks throughout screens in all places: All you need to do is Google that straightforward phrase. The firm is deploying this digital mild present in celebration of NASA efficiently landing the Perseverance rover on the floor of the Red Planet yesterday (Feb. 18) as a part of the company’s Mars 2020 mission.
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The rover touched down in Jezero Crater — an historic lake and delta on the Martian floor that scientists assume is a perfect location for the spacecraft to look for indicators of historic life — yesterday afternoon. NASA mission management on the company’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California received affirmation that the rover landed safely yesterday at 3:55 p.m. EST (2055 GMT), about 11 minutes after the landing truly occurred because of the time it takes mild to cross the space between the 2 planets.
Using the first-ever Mars Helicopter, a suite of high-resolution cameras and a number of experiments and instruments, the workforce behind the mission will search for proof of historic life on Mars, discover the planet’s terrain, accumulate samples for a future mission to convey to Earth, and a lot extra. This rover (and the entire mission) is so out-of-this-world cool, it is actually value some fireworks!
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