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The joy of celebrating a rover landing on Mars

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Pure joy poured out of mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Thursday as the Perseverance rover's team celebrated a successful landing on Mars. It's a moment to be preserved and played on infinite loop -- those seconds where anxiety dissipates in the face of hope and possibility coming together.

It's a sentiment that's continued to echo since the world watched NASA land the Perseverance rover on Mars Thursday.

The thousands of people who worked to bring Perseverance to life lived up to the mission's namesake most when they had to prepare the rover for a July 2020 launch during a pandemic.

Perseverance had to land in the most dangerous site on Mars ever attempted.

The Curiosity and Perseverance rovers on Mars aren't "Wall-E" -- we know that.

Yet the idea that robotic explorers are venturing across the surface of another planet on behalf of humanity is still overwhelmingly impressive -- even though NASA has been landing rovers on Mars since the Sojourner experiment in 1997.

On Twitter, Perseverance's hobbies are listed as: "Photography, collecting rocks, off-roading. " Shortly after landing, Perseverance tweeted, "I'm safe on Mars.

"There is something special about the first few days, because we have just landed a representative of the planet Earth on a place on Mars that no one has ever been to," said Mike Watkins, JPL director, after the Thursday landing.

That will only deepen as Perseverance explores Mars.

Students who watched the historic landing could one day be the scientists analyzing those coveted samples or working on future missions to Mars.

Hold onto the hope from landing day, and let's follow Perseverance's journey exploring Mars.

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