Top 10 spaceflight stories of 2021

2021 was a banner year for NASA and the rest of the spaceflight community around the world. From landing on Mars to launching private citizens into space, and everything in between, this year has seen many historic milestones and next-giant leaps. Here we take a look back at all the incredible moments in spaceflight and explore what they mean for the future. 

Perseverance lands on Mars

NASA took a major step forward in its pursuit of life beyond Earth when it launched its newest Mars rover. Named Perseverance, the four-wheeled robotic scout landed on the red planet in February and has spent the first 10 months of its mission driving around and checking out interesting rock formations in the hopes of finding biosignatures, or evidence that life could have existed on Mars.