In photos: Perseverance rover's Mars landing celebrations at NASA and around the nation

From fist bumps at JPL to Mars donuts at Krispy Kreme and Red Planet billboards in New York City's Times Square, people went all out for the Perseverance rover (opens in new tab)'s landing.

NASA's newest Mars rover touched down in Jezero Crater (opens in new tab) on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021 and will explore the Red Planet in search of evidence of past or present life. 

Video: Perseverance lands on Mars! See the mission control highlights (opens in new tab)
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Christine Lunsford joined the team in 2010 as a freelance producer and later became a contributing writer, covering astrophotography images, astronomy photos and amazing space galleries and more. During her more than 10 years with, oversaw the site's monthly skywatching updates and produced overnight features and stories on the latest space discoveries. She enjoys learning about subjects of all kinds.