We did it: Celebrating a Mars rover touchdown within the time of COVID-19

Members of NASA’s Perseverance rover workforce react in mission management after receiving affirmation the spacecraft efficiently touched down on Mars, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The workforce is masked and distanced with accordance to COVID-19 security precautions.  (Picture credit score: NASA/Invoice Ingalls)

PASADENA, Calif. — After a yr of seemingly limitless obstacles and challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, one thing good lastly occurred. Amidst the chaos and strife, NASA landed its most formidable robotic explorer ever on the floor of Mars. 

On Thursday (Feb. 18), a shiny gentle shone as individuals around the globe celebrated the Perseverance Mars rover touchdown safely in Jezero Crater, an historic lakebed on the Purple Planet’s floor. As I watched the rover’s descent to the Martian floor in (virtually) real-time from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) right here, the touchdown was a welcome respite following a very grueling yr. 

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