Visible both in the inset photograph on the upper left and near the center of NASAs Perseverance Mars rover in this illustration is the palm-size dome called the Laser Retroreflector Array (LaRA).

Visible near the center of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover in this illustration is the palm-size dome called the Laser Retroreflector Array (LaRA). In the distant future, laser-equipped Mars orbiters could use such a reflector for scientific studies.

Perseverance was built and is operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California. The retroreflector was provided by Italy's National Institute for Nuclear Physics, which built the instrument on behalf of the Italian Space Agency.

For more information about the mission, go to https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/.

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