Bosnian villagers cheer as NASA lands rover on Mars

Q: When NASA landed its rover Perseverance on Mars last week, the tiny village of Jezero in Bosnia and Herzegovina was particularly excited. The craft landed on an ancient lake bed named Jezero, which means lake in most Slavic languages. Where is the Balkan nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina?

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Q: The village of Jezero has about 1,000 residents in western Bosnia and Herzegovina. Along with neighboring and nearby countries of Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia, Bosnia was part of which former nation?

A. Czechoslovakia

B. Soviet Union

C. Wallachia

D. Yugoslavia

Q: Seven months ago, Jezero’s schoolchildren watched the launch of the Mars rover from Earth and last week watched the landing. What is the rover mainly searching for at the location of Mars’ Jezero?

A. Colony site

B. Extinct life

C. Underground water

D. Valuable minerals

Q: The NASA spacecraft was the third to arrive at Mars this month. Two other nations placed spacecraft in orbit around the red planet. Which one also plans to land its own rover on Mars?

A. China

B. India

C. Russia

D. United Arab Emirates

Q: Nations have been trying to use spacecraft to study Mars since 1960, but many missions ended in failure. A U.S. spacecraft in 1964 was the first to fly by Mars. Which nation was the first to orbit Mars?

A. China

B. Japan

C. Soviet Union

D. United States

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