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A landing on Mars is almost magical: Northern Ireland space expert

Armagh scientists hail Nasa's 'extraordinary' success as Perseverance probe beams images

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Making history: members of NASA’s Perseverance rover team react in mission control after receiving confirmation the spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars

Making history: members of NASA’s Perseverance rover team react in mission control after receiving confirmation the spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars

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The second image sent by the Perseverance rover showing the surface of Mars, just after landing in the Jezero crater

The second image sent by the Perseverance rover showing the surface of Mars, just after landing in the Jezero crater

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Professor Michael Burton

Professor Michael Burton

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Making history: members of NASA’s Perseverance rover team react in mission control after receiving confirmation the spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars

Nasa's Mars landing has been hailed as an "extraordinary technological achievement" and something akin to "magic" by Northern Ireland experts.

Its science rover Perseverance, the most advanced astrobiology laboratory ever sent to another planet, streaked through the Martian atmosphere on Thursday and landed safely on the floor of a vast crater.

Its mission is to search for signs of ancient life, and explore and collect samples for future return to Earth from diverse environments on Mars.


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