Perseverance (rover)

American robotic rover exploring Jezero Crater on Mars

Perseverance is a Mars rover launched July 30, 2020. It arrived in the Jezero Crater on Mars February 18, 2021. On the same day it captured its first picture of Mars. Aboard itself it carried, among other things, an oxygen generator, 17 different cameras and the first ever helicopter to be flied on Mars, Ingenuity.

A selfie showcasing the rover, and the helicopter, Ingenuity.

In April 2021, the oxygen generator in the Perseverance created oxygen from carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere.[1]

On August 6, 2021, the first sample-collection experiment was attempted, and failed. The drill hole was successful, but later data revealed that the rock had crumbled, leaving no core to collect. [2]


  1. Potter, Sean (2021-04-21). "NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Extracts First Oxygen from Red Planet". NASA. Archived from the original on 2021-04-22. Retrieved 2021-04-22.
  2. Jandura, Louise (2021-08-11). "Assessing Perseverance's First Sample Attempt". NASA. Retrieved 2021-08-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)