7. Landing - Earth.com

The crowning glory of NASA’s entire Perseverance mission was the moment of landing. If that went wrong, bang went the whole project and years of work. But on February 18, 2021, things went just about as smoothly as in this artist’s illustration. The Perseverance rover was on Mars’ surface, and she was entirely intact – ready to start scientific research and exploration.

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