Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

CURRENT ROVERS

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Mars is the only planet we have sent rovers to. Two rovers, Curiosity and Perseveran­ce, are currently exploring the planet’s surface. CURIOSITY

This rover’s mission is to determine if Mars ever had the right environmen­tal conditions to support microbes.

Launched: Nov. 26, Raw images:

2011 784,200+

Landed: Aug. 5, 2012 Distance traveled:

15.5 miles

PERSEVERAN­CE

This rover is the largest and most advanced rover NASA has sent to another planet. Its mission is to investigat­e questions about potential life on Mars.

Launched: July 30, Mission duration: at

2020 least one Mars year

Landed: Feb. 18, 2021

Raw images:

23,600+

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