International Space Agencies – Missions and Discoveries

NASA’s new Mars rover: Perseverance

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Perseverance rover

Mains level : Not Much

NASA has named its next Mars rover ‘Perseverence’.

About Perseverance

  • The Perseverance rover weighs less than 2,300 pounds and is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.
  • The rover’s mission will be to search for signs of past microbial life. It will also collect samples of Martian rocks and dust, according to the release.
  • The rover will also be tasked with studying the red planet’s geology and climate.
  • All of NASA’s previous Mars rovers — including the Sojourner (1997), Spirit and Opportunity (2004) and Curiosity (exploring Mars since 2012) — were named in this way.
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