After traveling nearly 300 million miles, NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover is landing on the Red Planet this Thursday to begin exploration.
Join us in witnessing the thrilling final phase of Perseverance's seven-month journey to Mar’s Jezero Crater via the international virtual watch party.
The rover's touchdown is scheduled for approximately 2:55 PM CST. NASA's live broadcast of the Perseverance landing starts on Feb. 18th at 1:15 PM CST. Enjoy the show on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion, Theta.TV, or the NASA App.
The first-ever autonomous guided landing through the Martian atmosphere is sure to be action-packed with temperatures equivalent to the Sun's surface, a supersonic parachute inflation, and the most challenging terrain ever targeted on Mars.
Check out the full landing day programming schedule on NASA's website, including a live landing commentary show, Juntos Perseveramos, and a 360-degree stream for an immersive look at NASA's mission control room.
MORE ABOUT THE MISSION
The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is the next step in NASA's long-term robotic exploration of Mars. A key objective of the mission is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. After landing, the rover will characterize the planet's geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith.
Impossible Sensing supports the science operations of two laser spectroscopy systems on Perseverance, #SHERLOC and #SuperCam. These instruments will gather hard-to-reach data that will be examined here on Earth as part of the Mars Sample Return — kicking off a new era in Mars exploration and critical sample collection, right here from our lab on Cherokee Street in St. Louis.
Read more about the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover on the mission's website.