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

Members of NASA’s Perseverance rover group 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 group is masked and distanced with accordance to COVID-19 security precautions.  (Picture credit score: NASA/Invoice Ingalls)

PASADENA, Calif. — After a 12 months of seemingly infinite 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 vibrant gentle shone as folks around the globe celebrated the Perseverance Mars rover touchdown safely in Jezero Crater, an historic lakebed on the Pink Planet’s floor. As I watched the rover’s descent to the Martian floor in (nearly) real-time from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) right here, the touchdown was a welcome respite following a really grueling 12 months. 

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