The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched Perseverance rover on July 30 to look out for signs of life on Mars. This is the third spacecraft launch to the Red Planet this month, as earlier the UAE’s Hope and Tianwen-1 of China left from Earth.

The Perseverance rover will collect rock samples from Mars, something that has not been done ever before, and will bring them back to Earth for research in laboratories.

It has been said time and again that Mars has had conditions suitable for life much like Earth.

The Perseverance, which followed all deadlines despite the world’s fight against coronavirus, is expected to enter the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph on February 18, 2021. The spacecraft will then land the surface of Mars with the help of a jetpack in seven minutes.

For the landing, the Nasa has marked Jezero crater, a site that the US independent agency believes to have witnessed water on ancient Mars.

Previously, the satellite images of Jezero has shown signs of a river that led into the crater before ending in a large delta. This could have been a long-lived ancient lake, believe scientists. The area might have preserved rocks with Stromatolites, an element that was recorded as some of the earliest signs of life on Earth. The Perseverance rover will look for similar signs on Mars.