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For the first time, in February 2021, a rover will attempt a risky landing in Jezero Crater, the coveted site of an ancient river delta that could possibly be a cradle of life. If the rover, called Perseverance, finds signs of life from when Mars was a watery planet like Earth, it could mean life is more likely to exist elsewhere in the solar system—and beyond. But getting to Jezero isn’t easy, as the crater’s boulders and cliffs make it a dangerous place to land. If successful, Perseverance will comb the area and collect samples for possible return to Earth. Traveling onboard the rover is a four-pound helicopter that will conduct a series of test flights—the first on another planet. During its journey, Perseverance will also test technology designed to produce oxygen from the Martian atmosphere, in hopes that the gas could be used for fuel—or for humans to breathe—on future missions.