Touchdown! NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Safely Lands on Red Planet

A low-resolution image of the Perseverance rover’s landing site taken by an engineering camera. Dust stirred up by the landing partially obscures the terrain. (Credit: NASA)

PASADENA, Calif. (NASA PR) — The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 3:55 p.m. EST (12:55 p.m. PST).

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Europe Looks to Expand Astronaut Corps

The European Space Agency will be expanding its astronaut corps. World Radio Switzerland’s Alex Helmic talks with Peter Erni of the Swiss Space Office and Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier about the selection process. Erni says that eight candidates will be selected from as many as 50,000 applicants.