In a great moment for space exploration, the US space agency today will try to land a new rover on the surface of Mars.
The six-wheeled robot, called Perseverance, will be NASA’s first mission since the 1970s to directly search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet.
Powered by plutonium, this is the most sophisticated rover the space agency has ever built.
Is the rover aiming at the landing point? An ancient river delta in the dusty, rock-covered Jezero crater, where the rocks could show microbe signs of what was, 3.5 billion years ago, a deep lake.
If all goes according to plan, Perseverance is scheduled to land at 3:55 p.m. EST, or at least that’s when. NASA will find out if your rover has landed.
Radio signals take around 11 minutes and 22 seconds to travel between Mars and Earth, so there will be a slight delay before NASA officially knows the success of its landing.
Live broadcast can be viewed on the official NASA YouTube channel, beginning at 2:15 pm EST (11:15 am PST). That means it’s time to settle down, settle down, and prepare for a wildly exciting touchdown.
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