Perseverance’s touchdown on Mars a chicken-skin moment for Big Isle astronomers

  • Rodrigo Romo, director of The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems. (File photo)

  • Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Executive Director Doug Simons. (Courtesy photo)

  • John O’Meara

  • Peter Michaud, Gemini Observatory public information and outreach manager. (Tribune-Herald file photo)

  • In this illustration made available by NASA, the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover studies a Mars rock outrcrop. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

After nearly seven months of waiting and a nail-biting 10 minutes on Thursday, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover successfully touched down on the Red Planet.