For more than 6 months, NASA's Perseverance rover has travelled through deep space, inching ever-closer to its final destination: Mars.
The rover launched at 7:50 a.m. Eastern on July 30. Perseverance is tasked with an unprecedented mission to hunt for clues of ancient microbial life on Mars.
Perseverance will explore the Jezero Crater, taking precious rock samples from this ancient lakebed and storing them for future analysis.
As it slows, temperatures will heat up to almost 2,370 degrees Fahrenheit. But nestled within its aeroshell, the rover will remain at a safe room temperature.