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NASA now wants to send two landers to bring Mars rocks 2022

NASA now wants to send two landers to bring Mars rocks 2022

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Since then, the Mini Cooper-sized rover has made history over and over, again racking up an impressive list of firsts.

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It's been 13 months since Perseverance landed on Mars, marking the beginning of a new chapter of exploration on the Red Planet.

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To wit: Perseverance was the first mission to successfully fly a helicopter on another planet. 

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Perseverance managed to extract oxygen from the Red Planet's carbon dioxide atmosphere, which could eventually be a way to provide astronauts with oxygen on Mars.

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And perhaps most importantly, the rover successfully collected and stored soil and rock samples that will ultimately become the first Martian rocks to return to Earth for scientific study. 

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Sample mission return missions are rare in space exploration, because of the expense of two-way space travel.

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