As NASA landed its largest and most advanced Preservance rover on the Martian surface, Steve Jurczyk, acting chief of the agency, received a call from President Joe Biden of the United States, congratulating him on the successful landing. To hail the team of scientists who worked hard to make the historic landing of Perseverance possible, Biden also took to his Twitter handle.
Congratulations to NASA and everyone whose hard work made the historic landing of Perseverance possible.”Today proved once again that nothing is beyond the realm of possibility with the power of science and American ingenuity,” Biden tweeted.
Congratulations to NASA and everyone whose hard work made Perseverance’s historic landing possible. Today proved once again that with the power of science and American ingenuity, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility. pic.twitter.com/NzSxW6nw4k
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 18, 2021
US Vice President Kamala Harris also tweeted, “Congratulations to @NASA and all of its partners on the success of their mission.”The historic landing of today embodies the spirit of perseverance of our nation-building on previous achievements and paving the way for future missions.
Congrats to @NASA and all of their partners on their successful mission. Today's historic landing embodies our nation’s spirit of perseverance—building on past accomplishments and paving the way for future missions.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) February 18, 2021
Meanwhile, former US President Barack Obama recalled the investment made by the administration eight years ago to help continue America’s rich exploration and discovery tradition.”Thanks to @NASAJPL on the @MarsPersevere landing today! Looking forward to seeing what this mission reveals—and proudly, our administration invested in this effort eight years ago to help continue America’s rich tradition of exploration and discovery.”
Congrats to @NASAJPL on landing @MarsPersevere today! Looking forward to seeing what this mission uncovers—and proud our administration invested in this effort eight years ago to help continue America’s rich tradition of exploration and discovery.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 18, 2021
The successful landing of the rover in the vast Jezero Crater was revealed at 3:55 p.m. After a harrowing sky crane landing, EST (2055 GMT)
The six-wheeled vehicle landing would mark the third visit in just over a week to Mars. On successive days in the past week, two spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates and China swung into orbit around the planet.