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Here’s how NASA’s Perseverance rover traveled 293 million miles to Mars

After traveling more than six months in space, NASA’s latest rover landed on the red planet February 18. The explorer craft touched down in an area that may have hosted life on what was once a water-soaked Mars billions of years ago. The planet is now a frozen desert.

Decades in development, the Perseverance rover is equipped with everything it needs to traverse the edge of an ancient lake bed, Jezero Crater, searching for microscopic evidence of ancient life.