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Home NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is “festooned” with a variety of objects that serve both decorative and functional purposes, from commemorative placards to a slice of Martian meteorite that earlier rode aboard the space station to a sundial. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) NASA's Perseverance Mars rover is "festooned" with a variety of objects that serve both decorative and functional purposes, from commemorative placards to a slice of Martian meteorite that earlier rode aboard the space station to a sundial. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is “festooned” with a variety of objects that serve both decorative and functional purposes, from commemorative placards to a slice of Martian meteorite that earlier rode aboard the space station to a sundial. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover is "festooned" with a variety of objects that serve both decorative and functional purposes, from commemorative placards to a slice of Martian meteorite that earlier rode aboard the space station to a sundial. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is “festooned” with a variety of objects that serve both decorative and functional purposes, from commemorative placards to a slice of Martian meteorite that earlier rode aboard the space station to a sundial. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Scientists use the color swatches on the primary calibration target for Mastcam-Z – a pair of zoomable cameras aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover – to fine-tune the cameras’ settings. Symbols and mottos relevant to the mission are included around the target’s perimeter. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS/U of Copenhagen)