The first ship to ever make the journey from Earth to Mars landed safely on a moonless continent on Tuesday, bringing relief to millions of people worldwide who have been stuck in long and lonely journeys to get there.
Mars Landing 2020 will begin its journey to the Red Planet in 2020 and is expected to last six months.
The US Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) rocket carrying the lander and its five cargo capsules landed safely in the Mojave Desert on Tuesday morning.
The lander is the largest and heaviest lander to ever land on a surface of another planet.
The spacecraft was sent to Mars by SpaceX on December 20, 2020.
It is expected the landers land in the southern hemisphere of Mars on the planet’s northern side.
It took about seven hours to reach the Martian surface, a feat achieved on Earth and in the past few years in previous landers that were launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The landing was a big one for SpaceX, which was awarded the contract to carry out the mission in July 2021.
It is the second major SpaceX mission to Mars after the landing of the Falcon 9 rocket in June 2018.
The Falcon 9 has been able to reach Mars twice before, first in October 2019 and again in December 2020.
The company is also hoping to use the land-based rendezvous to make its own manned mission to the red planet in the 2020s.