Mars mission: NASA's diversity Perseverance pays off
The mission shows the US space agency has made significant progress in recruiting diverse talent since its founding in the 1950s.
In February, NASA made history with the successful landing of a car-sized robotic explorer on Mars, and its counterpart: a small helicopter that more recently proved powered flight is possible even in the thin atmosphere of Mars.
Together this dynamic duo will unlock even more of the Red Planet’s secrets. The Ingenuity helicopter, a technology demonstration, is set to make a second, more complex flight next week.
Meanwhile, the Perseverance rover showed that it definitely has MOXIE in more ways than one — its Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE for short) extracted carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere and converted it into oxygen.