NASA: ‘Perseverance’ rover successfully lands on Mars

After a seven-minute descent, the rover successfully touched down Thursday afternoon as part of one of NASA’s most ambitious deep-space missions to search for signs of life on Mars.
2:26 | 02/19/21

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Transcript for NASA: ‘Perseverance’ rover successfully lands on Mars
And of course, we were all watching this afternoon, nasa's remarkable new mission to Mars. Their rover, perseverance, touching down late today to cheers at nasa. Here's ABC's gio Benitez. Reporter: Tonight, history made. The nasa rover, perseverance, landing on Mars. Sending back this image, tweeting, "Hello, world. My first look at my forever home." Perseverance safely on the surface of Mars. Reporter: Cheers from nasa's mission control in California, as perseverance touches down. Roughly the size of a car, perseverance is the most advanced robot ever sent into space, known around here lovingly as Percy. Nasa was most worried about what they call the seven minutes of terror. That's how long it took perseverance to enter the atmosphere and land on Mars. Everyone's talking about these seven minutes of terror. Take us through it. Why is this so dangerous? It's really an incredible technical challenge to try and get safely onto the surface. We come in at 12,000 miles an hour. We have to slow down to less than 2 miles an hour in seven minutes. Reporter: And today, they did it. Perseverance landing in a dried lake bed about the size of lake tahoe. Its next mission, drill into Mars and collect rock samples, searching for ancient signs of life to send back to Earth. Touchdown confirmed! Reporter: Tonight, nasa is one step closer to answering the question, was there ever life on Mars? And gio Benitez with us live tonight from nasa. And you were telling us, you were getting ready to interview nasa's acting administrator when president Biden called to congratulate the team there. I just wanted to show folks a little piece of that moment. Hello, Mr. President? Hey, thank you so much, sir. We can't hear the other part of that call, but it's still pretty cool for you to have witnessed all of this there today, gio. I think you had the best assignment in the news division today. Reporter: Yeah, that's right, David. He said, hey, give my regards to Percy. Percy being the nickname that they have given here to now, David, we should also tell you that mission control here, they had one lucky peanut in that mission control and that dates back to the '60s when there was someone eating peanuts here during a mission. Still passing the peanuts. Whatever works. We loved seeing it today. Gio, thank you. The news does continue here

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