Mars has been flown by, orbited, smacked into, radar examined, and rocketed onto, as well as bounced upon, rolled over, shoveled, drilled into, baked and even blasted.
Still to come: Mars being stepped on.
— Buzz Aldrin
I guess there’s more then one way to say ‘ go team ‘ but Buzz said it best.
I’ve included this clip- it does not mentions Mars, but because it echoes the quote and reminds us who could end up ” stepping on Mars’ face”
I have no clear picture in my mind about who that person is, I just hope they are as cool as Buzz.
From The NASA Website:
Perseverance carries instruments and technology that will pave the way for human missions to the Moon and Mars.
The Terrain-Relative Navigation system, which autonomously helps the rover avoid hazards during landing, and the Mars Science Laboratory Entry, Descent, and Landing Instrumentation 2 (MEDLI2) sensor suite, which gathers crucial data during the journey through the Martian atmosphere, will help future human missions land more safely and with larger payloads on other worlds.
Perseverance also has features that will help astronauts once they’re on the surface of another world: improved self-driving smarts for more efficient travel and the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) instrument suite, which will provide key information about weather, climate, and dust. Meanwhile, the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) technology demonstration aims to produce oxygen from Mars’ carbon dioxide atmosphere, demonstrating a way future explorers might produce oxygen for rocket propellant as well as for breathing.