Octavia E. Butler Landing.
(NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona)
NASA named the landing site of his Perseverance Mars rover according to science fiction author Octavia Butler. Therefore, the location of the rover’s landing site is now called “Octavia E. Butler Landing”. The rover was launched on July 30 of last year from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in the US state of Florida. He reached Mars on February 18 after a 203-day journey.
A key focus of Perseverance’s mission to Mars is astrobiology, including looking for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will study the planet’s geology and past climate, which will eventually pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. It is also NASA’s first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith – shattered rocks and dust.
Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency), would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples on the surface and return them to Earth for further analysis.
The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of NASA’s Moon-to-Mars exploration approach, which includes Artemis missions to the Moon …
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