Perseverance Rover’s Early Adventures in Jezero Crater, Mars
Mars, Crater, Jezero, Bacteria, Water
For decades, NASA has been exploring Mars with a fleet of spacecraft to understand the role of water in its history and look for areas that in the past could have supported life. This work has paved the way for the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover, which landed on Feb 18, 2021 in Jezero Crater with the ambitious mission to search for evidence of ancient bacterial life and to collect rock samples for eventual return to Earth. In the short time since landing, Perseverance has already been hard at work testing out its new capabilities and getting to know its new home. From engineering checkouts to commissioning of capabilites to deploying Ingenuity (the Mars helicopter), to beginning her science journey. Each sol (what we call a day on Mars) has been packed with activities. Find out about her early adventures and challenges as she begins her exploration journey on Mars.
Steadman, Kim and Milkovich, Sarah, "Perseverance Rover’s Early Adventures in Jezero Crater, Mars" (2022). Public Lecture Series. 189.