This is the first photo which NASA’s Perseverance rover sent back after landing on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. The view, from one of Perseverance’s Hazard Cameras, is partly covered by a dust cover.
A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, which includes the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and former climate, paving the way for human research of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to get and cache Martian rock and regolith.
Subsequent missions are under consideration by NASA in cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency), which would send spacecraft to Mars to get these cached samples from the surface and come back to Earth for analysis.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California built and manages operations of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover for NASA.