United States President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris on Friday congratulated NASA for proving the ability of science and American ingenuity after the US area company’s Perseverance rover nailed a historic landing on Mars, in step one within the search for indicators of historical microbial life on the Red Planet.
After a virtually seven month journey via area, Perseverance — the biggest and essentially the most superior rover NASA has ever despatched to a different world — efficiently touched down on the floor of Mars on Friday.
Packed with groundbreaking know-how, the Mars 2020 mission launched on July 30, final yr, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, US.
The landing of the rover marks an formidable first step within the effort to gather Mars samples and return them to Earth.
“Congratulations to NASA and everyone whose hard work made Perseverance’s historic landing possible,” Biden wrote on Twitter about two hours after the landing.
Biden’s put up additionally included a photograph exhibiting Biden watching the landing on tv on the White House.
“Today proved once again that with the power of science and American ingenuity, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility,” he tweeted.
US Vice-President Kamala Harris additionally despatched her greetings to NASA and the Perseverance rover workforce.
“Congrats to @NASA and all of their partners on their successful mission,” Harris tweeted.
“Today’s historic landing embodies our nation’s spirit of perseverance, building on past accomplishments and paving the way for future missions,” she mentioned.
Former US President Barack Obama additionally congratulated NASA.
NASA kicked off the Perseverance rover mission in 2012 throughout Obama’s first presidential time period.
“Congrats to @NASAJPL on landing @MarsPersevere today!” Obama tweeted.
“Looking forward to seeing what this mission uncovers and proud our administration invested in this effort eight years ago to help continue America’s rich tradition of exploration and discovery,” he mentioned.