NASA handout photo of the Mars Perseverance rover moments before it touched down on the red planet.

Red Planet in Colour

Percy sends back first colour images

Perseverance, nicknamed Percy, is an SUV-sized Mars rover designed to explore Jezero Crater on Mars. It was launched on 30 July 2020 as part of NASA' s Mars 2020 mission. The rover's goals include looking for past Martian environments capable of supporting life, seeking out possible microbial life in those environments, collecting rock and soil samples to store on the Martian surface, and testing oxygen production from the Martian atmosphere to prepare for future manned missions

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