The best photos of Mars
Updated 6:25 PM ET, Fri April 23, 2021
NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars in February 2021 to search for signs of ancient life that may have been on the red planet in the past.
The rover, which is the largest and most advanced rover NASA has ever built, will act as a robotic geologist, collecting samples of dirt and rocks that will eventually be returned to Earth by the 2030s.
Perseverance is the latest step in NASA's long history of exploring the red planet. It builds on lessons learned from previous missions with new goals that will shed more light on the history of Mars.