Perseverance site named Octavia E. Butler Landing


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NASA has named the landing site of the agency’s Perseverance rover “Octavia E. Butler Landing,” after science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. The landing location is marked with a star in this image from the High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

The MRO mission is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Lockheed Martin Space in Denver built the spacecraft. The University of Arizona at Tucson provided and operates HiRISE.

A key objective of the Perseverance mission on Mars is astrobiology, including searching for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust).

Via NASA press release.

Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona

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