For a full breakdown of Perseverance's bells and whistles visit the rover's official page on NASA's website. Now on the surface, it will operate for at least one Martian year - almost two Earth years - and likely for far longer, barring any technical issues.
Along for the ride with Perseverance is an experiment to fly a helicopter, called Ingenuity, on another planet for the first time.
This handout file illustration obtained March 5, 2020, courtesy of NASA shows the Mars rover Perseverence. Known as the "seven minutes of terror", the rover will descend through the Martian atmosphere in a complex, automated sequence that involves parachutes, jetpacks, and critical timing to make sure everything happens when it should.
Mars is 126 million miles from Earth, meaning it takes 11 minutes for radio signal traveling at the speed of light to reach us.
Perseverance joins two other NASA missions exploring Mars.
Perseverance targeted a 28-mile-wide ancient lake bed and river delta, the most challenging site yet for a NASA spacecraft landing on Mars.
It won't be an easy landing, though - there are plenty of cliffs and hazards in the way.
The mission will also see another technology deployed for the first time: The "Terrain Relative Navigation" (TRN) system that uses a special camera to identify surface features and compare them to an onboard map where engineers pre-programmed the safest landing sites.
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The back shell and parachute separated after the heat shield was discarded. At that point, in a bit of cosmic puppetry, the descent stage lowered the rover gently to the surface on nylon cables.
"All of this conspires to say that the probability of finding life on another world is going up and it's going up rapidly", he told Cavuto, "so it is perfectly appropriate that now we are sending an astrobiology mission to Mars and we are going to one of the hardest places to land".
FMI's instruments are part of a Spanish-led consortium called Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA), a Martian weather station.
Nasa and the European Space Agency (Esa) have devised a multi-billion-dollar plan to go fetch these cylinders towards the end of the decade.
Like its predecessor Curiosity, which is still operational and making great science, Perseverance is a semi-autonomous mobile science platform, aka a rover.
Teams on Earth will go through a month of inspections, software downloads and preparations for roving.
"It really is the beginning of a new era", NASA's associate administrator for science, Thomas Zurbuchen, said earlier in the day during NASA's webcast of the event. Qualcomm's flight platform is a multifunctional chip used for drones and robots. Then, it will be ready for its first flight, which will last about 20 seconds.
The mission teams, however, have done everything they can to prepare for a successful landing.