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NASA Rover Successfully Lands On Mars, Begins Search For Remnants Of Ancient Life

An illustration of NASA’s Perseverance rover landing safely on Mars. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land safely on Feb. 18, 2021. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
An illustration of NASA’s Perseverance rover landing safely on Mars. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land safely on Feb. 18, 2021. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A NASA rover has successfully landed on an ancient Martian crater that scientists hope holds clues to whether life ever existed on Mars. Perseverance is the first rover to land on the Red Planet since 2012.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins speaks with Alexandra Witze, a correspondent for Nature magazine.

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