America made history last night when The NASA Perseverance rover safely landed on Mars after its 292.5 million-mile trip from Earth!  It went off without a hitch too. I also love the name Perseverance because it really speaks to what we can do even in times like these. Here are some cool facts to know about the mission so you sound smart if it comes up in conversation:

The Rover’s nickname is “Percy” short for Perseverance
It landed at 3:55 on 2/18/21 flawlessly
The journey was 300 million miles away from Earth
It took 6 months to get to Mars
The mission is largely to see if there is was any signs of life on Mars. To do that they will explore the site of an ancient lake that existed 3.9 billion years ago, for microfossils in the rocks and soil there.

We won't get those samples back until the 2030s.

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There will be some firsts with this landing too like: The first recordings of sound on Mars,    and it will be the first time a helicopter flies on another planet.

I was curious what these genius aerospace engineers make a year in New Jersey and I am surprised it's not more.  I'm just glad there are people in the world so much smarter than me who can create history right before our eyes!

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