Mars Rover-The Orlando Times
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On Thursday a NASA rover landed on Mars, beginning its mission to study the planet and see whether life has existed on the Earth’s neighbor.
After nearly 12 minutes of waiting for a signal, it was confirmed that the rover reached Mars. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California celebrated the landing, especially since attempting to land a spacecraft on the planet has normally caused the craft’s destruction.
The mission to Mars began in July when the Earth and Mars were in close alignment with each other. The journey was 300 million miles and took nearly seven months to complete.
Over the next two years, Percy, as it is nicknamed, will use its 7-foot (2-meter) arm to drill down and collect rock samples with possible signs of microscopic life, according to the AP.