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Perseverance rover is in 'great shape'

NASA's Perseverance rover is in "great shape" on the surface of Mars.

The American space agency landed its rover in a crater near the planet's equator called Jezero earlier this week, and Matt Wallace, the mission's deputy project manager, has confirmed it's still in good condition.

He said: "The good news is the spacecraft, I think, is in great shape."

The landing on Mars thrilled engineers at NASA's mission control in California and the six-wheeled vehicle is now busily looking for evidence of past life on the planet.

Allen Chen, who led the landing team, shared: "We are in a nice flat spot. The vehicle is only tilted by about 1.2 degrees.

"So we did successfully find that parking lot and have a safe rover on the ground. And I couldn't be more proud of my team for doing that."

Steve Jurczyk, the acting administrator at Nasa, has also hailed the achievement.

He said: "What a credit to the team. Just what an amazing team to work through all the adversity and all the challenges that go with landing a rover on Mars, plus the challenges of COVID. Just an amazing accomplishment."

Meanwhile, new US President Joe Biden has taken to Twitter to hail NASA's work.

He wrote on the micro-blogging platform: "Congratulations to NASA and everyone whose hard work made Perseverance’s historic landing possible. Today proved once again that with the power of science and American ingenuity, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility."

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