Mars rover begins search for alien life on Red Planet
BBC, 19 Feb 2021
NASA has successfully landed a new rover on Mars, in the most ambitious mission yet to the planet.
After a seven month journey through space, the rover called Perseverance survived a perilous high-speed plunge through the Martian atmosphere and made it safely down to the surface of the red planet, confirming its arrival with a tweet.
It's the most advanced rover ever sent to another planet and it’s hoped it will eventually return samples to Earth. Its mission is to search for ancient life that may have existed billions of years ago.
Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by science correspondent Rebecca Morelle.