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Google 'Perseverance rover' today for a fun Mars landing surprise

Red fireworks speckle the page when you Google "Perseverance rover." (Image credit: Google Screenshot)

You should Google "Perseverance rover." 

If you've been following the dramatic success of yesterday's Mars touchdown, you may have Google'd "Perseverance rover" today (Feb. 19). If you did, you probably noticed your page lighting up with (Martian) red fireworks. 

As a fun little internet Easter egg, Google is setting off virtual fireworks across screens everywhere: All you have to do is Google that simple phrase. The company is deploying this virtual light show in celebration of NASA successfully landing the Perseverance rover on the surface of the Red Planet yesterday (Feb. 18) as part of the agency's Mars 2020 mission. 

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The rover touched down in Jezero Crater — an ancient lake and delta on the Martian surface that scientists think is an ideal location for the spacecraft to search for signs of ancient life — yesterday afternoon. NASA mission control at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California got confirmation that the rover landed safely yesterday at 3:55 p.m. EST (2055 GMT), about 11 minutes after the landing actually happened due to the time it takes light to cross the distance between the two planets. 

Using the first-ever Mars Helicopter, a suite of high-resolution cameras and a variety of experiments and tools, the team behind the mission will search for evidence of ancient life on Mars, explore the planet's terrain, collect samples for a future mission to bring to Earth, and so much more. This rover (and the whole mission) is so out-of-this-world cool, it's certainly worth some fireworks! 

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Chelsea Gohd

Chelsea Gohd joined as an intern in the summer of 2018 and returned as a Staff Writer in 2019. After receiving a B.S. in Public Health, she worked as a science communicator at the American Museum of Natural History and even wrote an installation for the museum's permanent Hall of Meteorites. Chelsea has written for publications including Scientific American, Discover Magazine Blog, Astronomy Magazine, Live Science, All That is Interesting, AMNH Microbe Mondays blog, The Daily Targum and Roaring Earth. When not writing, reading or following the latest space and science discoveries, Chelsea is writing music and performing as her alter ego Foxanne (@foxannemusic). You can follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd.