A black, rectangular drawing with profiles of five white rovers in a row and a small helicopter hovering

February 26, 2021

This artwork is etched onto a metal plate attached to the deck of the Mars Perseverance rover. The image depicts all of the rovers which have driven on Mars. On the far left is the Sojourner rover (1997), followed by twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity (2004), then Curiosity (2012), and Perseverance (2021). The rovers have gotten larger and more capable of exploring challenging terrain. Also pictured is Ingenuity, a helicopter which could demonstrate the first powered flight on Mars.

See an image of this plate in the cleanroom.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California built and manages operations of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover for NASA.

For more information about the mission, go to: mars.nasa.gov/mars2020.




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