On Feb. 18, 2021, the world watched live as NASA’s Mars 2020 mission team attempted the most daring part of its mission: landing the Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars. Viewers around the world tuned in to watch the harrowing entry, descent, and landing on TVs, computers, and on giant screens in major cities.
As the successful touchdown was confirmed, fans celebrated by sharing their reaction videos and photos on social media. Major landmarks across the globe got involved by lighting up red to celebrate the landing.
Perseverance’s mission continues on the surface of Mars where it will look for the signs of past life. Learn more at mars.nasa.gov/mars2020.