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Nasa celebrating landing of ‘Perseverance’ Mars rover

Lori Glaze, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, and JPL Director Michael Watkins give a thumbs up at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) following the successful Mars 2020 Perseverance rover landing on February 18, 2021 in Pasadena, California. - After seven months in space, NASA's Perseverance rover survived a nail-biting landing phase to touch down gently on the surface of Mars on February 18, ready to embark on its mission to search for the signs of ancient microbial life.<br /> "Touchdown confirmed," said operations lead Swati Mohan at around 3:55 pm Eastern Time (2055 GMT), as mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena erupted in cheers. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, and JPL Director Michael Watkins give a thumbs up at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) following the successful Mars 2020 Perseverance rover landing on February 18, 2021 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 7:10 PM PT – Thursday, February 18, 2021

NASA scientists celebrated the successful landing of the ‘Perseverance’ rover on Mars following a seven month mission. On Thursday, the first images of the red planet were beamed down to Earth into mission control at a lab in Pasadena, California.

The landing was part of a larger mission, which started in July with the goal of finding signs of ancient life on Mars. The rover carried a number of tools including a helicopter drone, which will take photos, record audio clips and collect samples from Mars to bring back to Earth.

Scientists want to analyze the samples to see if human life could be supported on another planet.

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