WATCH – 18 Feb 21 – Mars Rover “Perseverance” to land at approx. 1555 EST

UPDATE 19 Feb:

Just too cool… Perseverance has microphonesHERE

From NASA:

Tune in for live coverage and landing commentary from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) beginning at 2:15 p.m. EST on the NASA TV Public Channel and the agency’s website, as well as the NASA App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion, and THETA.TV.

Touchdown is scheduled for approximately 3:55 p.m. EST.

Additional landing shows include Juntos Perseveramos, a one-hour program in Spanish, and Mission Control Live, an immersive 360-degree view at our control room at JPL. Get our guide on this page to the TV programs coming up you can watch online.

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4 Comments

  1. Andreas says:

    Perseverance has just successfully touched down. As I noted when Curiosity landed now so many years ago, the incredible complexity of this entry and landing…the magnificence of what Man can accomplish through his intellect, technology and drive and dreams, even whilst surrounded by those many self-made madnesses that in these moments of triumph pale in their importance. Relish this grand accomplishment, for it shows us our very best side.

  2. Here’s some fun trivia. Back in 2012 I wrote that as Curiosity moved, it left marks, tags, tracks in the Martian soil in a specific pattern to aid the rover’s visual odometry system (so it could tell it was moving). As Curiosity rolled along, it left the pattern in MORSE CODE…

    .  _  _  _      .  _  _  .      .  _  .  .

  3. iamlucky13 says:

    I knew about Curiosity having a form of odometer in her wheel tread, but I didn’t know it was a signature. Neat.

    Perseverance is also carrying a small coaxial rotor helicopter named Ingenuity that will test airborne reconnaissance. Its images may help the rover team plan their study locations, although the main goal is simply to serve as a proof of concept of aerial Mars exploration.

  4. GregB says:

    NASA has released a video of the Perseverance landing starting with parachute deployment. They show the sky crane deployment with one camera looking up at the jet-pack and one looking down on the rover. A great video.

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