After around six months of flight time, the US rover “Perseverance” is scheduled to land on Mars this Thursday. It will be a historic day for the 1,000 Bosnians who live in the village of Jezero in Bosnia.
The robot, which was launched at the end of July 2020, is supposed to touch down in a dry lake called “Jezero Krater”.
Snezana Ruzicic, Mayor of Jezero:
“It got different reactions. When I received the letter from NASA, I was amused. I thought it was fake news. Local residents reacted differently too. Some thought it was great, some made fun of it. People say: Ours Mayoress will take us to Mars “.
The rover, which costs around 2.2 billion euros, was designed and built for around eight years and is intended to search for traces of previous microbial life on Mars and to research the planet’s climate and geology.
On board, the roughly 1,000 kilogram robot the size of a small car has 7 scientific instruments, 23 cameras and a laser, among other things. If the landing succeeds, it would be the fifth rover that NASA brings to Mars.
Thomas Zurbuchen, head of NASA’s science mission:
“Our journey has ranged from finding water to finding out if the planet was habitable to finding complex chemicals. We are now entering a whole new phase of returning samples. It is an ambitious goal that the scientific community has followed for decades. “
There is an air of solemnity in the air in Jezero. After years of hardship and poverty that has solidified since the Bosnian War in the 1990s, the small village is suddenly the focus of global reporting.