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NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars is carrying an adorable ‘family portrait’ of Martian rovers | Space

NASA’s Perseverance rover has brought the “family portrait” bumper sticker fad to a whole new world. 

Raw images from the Perseverance rover, which safely landed on the surface of Mars last Thursday (Feb. 18), have revealed a small plaque featuring a lineup of little spacecraft. 

At first glance, the small white decals may look like pixelated cats marching across the rover’s deck. But upon closer inspection, the symbols appear to represent all of NASA’s Mars missions that have made it to the surface of the Red Planet.

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NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving. This image was acquired on Feb. 23, 2021 (Sol 2) at the local mean solar time of 15:40:47.

Can you spot the family portrait in this view from Perseverance’s Navcam? (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving. This image was acquired on Feb. 23, 2021 (Sol 2) at the local mean solar time of 15:40:47.

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This annotated image shows the names of the Mars missions represented in the portrait. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space.com)

The rovers are lined up in the same order that they landed on the Red Planet: the Sojourner rover (1997), the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity (2004), the Curiosity rover (2012) and Perseverance. 

Also included is the Ingenuity helicopter, which hitched a ride to Mars with Perseverance and will be the first to attempt to fly on another planet. 

Moogega Cooper, planetary protection lead engineer for the Perseverance rover, tweeted a photo of the family portrait just before it was attached to to the rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where the rover was built. 

Now that it’s out, here is a photo of the family portrait just before it was bolted on! (For those wondering if it was biologically clean, yes… yes it was!). #Mars2020 pic.twitter.com/GSTfA896tQFebruary 22, 2021

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Not pictured in the family portrait are the dozens of other landers that other space agencies have sent to Mars, or China’s Tianwen-1 rover, which is scheduled to land on the Red Planet this summer.

Email Hanneke Weitering at hweitering@space.com or follow her @hannekescience. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.

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