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This is the first image Perseverance sent from Mars

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Just minutes after landing on Mars, NASA's Perseverance rover beamed back this image to Earth. It is the first of many the rover will send while it's on its mission on the planet.

Rover set to land on Mars

Just minutes after landing on Mars, NASA's Perseverance rover beamed back this image to Earth.

It is the first of many the rover will send while it's on its mission on the planet.

So, Perseverance isn't actually tweeting from Mars, per se, but humans back at NASA are.

The Perseverance rover just became NASA's fifth rover to safely land on the surface of Mars after surviving the "seven minutes of terror. "

Perseverance has just started what NASA refers to as the "seven minutes of terror. " This is when the rover essentially has to land itself on Mars with no help from NASA, due to a one-way 11 minute time-delay.

The ground teams tell the spacecraft when to begin EDL (entry, descent and landing) and the spacecraft takes over from there — and mission control begins an agonizing wait.

The spacecraft hits the top of the Martian atmosphere moving at 12,000 miles per hour and has to slow down to zero miles per hour seven minutes later when the rover softly lands on the surface.

The Perseverance rover is sending "heartbeat tones" back to Earth to tell NASA's team it's healthy.

It takes 11 minutes for the rover to send data from Mars back to Earth.

In real rover time now, Perseverance is on its own and beginning its entry.

Chen is the Mars 2020 entry, descent, and landing lead at JPL and Mohan is a guidance navigation control engineer.

Both have worked tirelessly on the mission, which all leads up to this big moment: landing on Mars.

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