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Local reaction to "Perseverance" rover successfully landing on Mars

Posted at 7:03 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 21:03:36-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — NASA's jet propulsion lab celebrated Thursday as the rover "Perseverance" landed successfully on Mars.

After a journey of millions of miles, the most crucial feat was sticking the landing on the Jezero Crater.

Engineers believe the crater could provide some of the best fossilized evidence of possible past life on Mars.

Rich Cooper, Vice President of Strategic Communications & Outreach at the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs said teamwork was key to Thursday's success.

"What we saw today was teams of very diverse people, tackling some big challenges and making it all work. And that is a very hopeful sign for all of us," Cooper said.

Shortly after the landing, the first images from Perseverance were being beamed back to earth.

A done named "Ingenuity" was also and board and will be used to attempt the first controlled flight on another planet.