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NASA launched its most recent exploration of the Red Planet at the end of July last year, as it continues its efforts to search for life on Mars. In February, its Perseverance Rover touched down at the Jezero Crater and has been beaming pictures back to planet earth ever since. Her Majesty was shown some of the images received by NASA during a video call on Friday with British scientists who worked on the mission.
She said: “Fascinating. To see the pictures of Mars, unbelievable really to think one can actually see its surface.”
The Queen watched the footage from her home at Windsor Castle and was briefed by professor Caroline Smith of the Natural History Museum.
The professor explained: “Perseverance Rover, the Mars 2020 mission’s main aim is to look for evidence of past life on Mars which I just think is absolutely thrilling.”
The sovereign was inclined to agree with her host and remarked on the rocky appearance of the planet’s surface.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II described NASA images of Mars as “fascinating” and “unbelievable” (Image: Getty)
She spoke in public for the first time since Meghan and Harry’s infamous tell-all interview. (Image: Getty)
She was then shown a meteorite which landed in Gloucestershire last week.
Professor Smith said: “So I’d just like to show you this image.
“So this is an image of one of the meteorite fragments that were found.
“So at about five to nine last Sunday evening a large fireball was seen across a huge amount of the United Kingdom and pieces of meteorite actually fell in Gloucestershire, just north of Cheltenham.”
Her Majesty recalled meeting with the famous Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (Image: Getty)
In reply the Queen said: “Fascinating.”
Earlier in the video call, her Majesty recalled meeting with the famous Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to be sent into space.
The British monarch met the Soviet superstar in 1961 at a reception at Buckingham Palace.
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Her Majesty with Meghan and Harry in happier times (Image: Getty)
She remarked on the rocky appearance of the planet’s surface. (Image: Getty)
She told Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a presenter of the BBC’s The Sky at Night, that the Russian didn’t speak a word of English but was “fascinating”.
The Queen revealed: “He didn’t speak English. But no no, he was fascinating.
“And I suppose being the first one it was particularly fascinating.”