After a decade of preparation and an almost seven-month journey since its spectacular launch, NASA’s Perseverance rover is because of land on Mars as we speak, February 18.
This occasion marks a significant stage in NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, as engineers based mostly on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California will try to land the fifth and most bold Mars rover the area company has ever despatched to the Red Planet.
The nail-biting “seven minutes of terror” – throughout which the rover nestled in its entry capsule will enter the Martian environment, descend, and land in Jezero Crater – will start round 3:48 pm EST, and we hope to have fun a profitable landing at round 3:55 pm EST!
In the stay weblog under, we’ll be bringing you all the most recent updates and enjoyable science information as we get nearer to Perseverance’s touchdown. You may tune into the NASA livestream proper right here:
LIVE BLOG (all timestamps EST/refresh the web page to see the most recent updates)
2:45 pm: Another area mission, one other stay weblog! As regular, we’re so excited to be experiencing this rover touchdown right here with you all. As of now, we’re getting into the final hour earlier than the motion, and we’re positive that over at NASA there are a whole bunch of nervous area engineers who barely slept a wink final night time.
2:45 pm: While we wait, listed here are three quick information about Perseverance: whereas largely based mostly on its predecessor Curiosity, the brand new rover is extra autonomous than another craft beforehand landed on Mars; it is carrying a helicopter (!) for a check of the primary powered flights on Mars; nestled amongst its wheels is a commemorative plaque honouring medical employees from all over the world, who’ve labored tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
A touching tribute by @NASA to all of the well being employees preventing #COVID19 across the World. This plaque, affixed to the Perseverance rover, is a testomony of humanity’s energy and certainly our perseverance within the Universe. 🌎🌍🌏#CountdownToMars #Mars2020 #NASA #Perseverance #Mars pic.twitter.com/eYzX1UvUi7
— Leon Lesley Dobie (@leon_dobie) July 30, 2020
2:48 pm: By the best way, should you’re eager on multi-screening this complete factor, the official Twitter hashtag is #CountdownToMars.