Nearly 7 months and nearly 472 million kilometers later, NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars, as scheduled, Thursday afternoon.

NASA’s engineering cameras on Perseverance gave it’s first pictures nearly immediately after landing, showing a landscape dotted with rocks.

There are big plans for the rover now that it’s on Mars; it will explore the planet’s Jezero crater, the site of a lake that existed nearly 4 billion years ago.

NASA will also have its first helicopter flight experiment and gather soil samples.  Scientists hope the soil samples will return to Earth by 2030.

If you want to see where Perseverance is cruising around on the big red planet, you can check out an interactive map at