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How to watch the Mars rover landing today

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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NASA's Perseverance rover is expected to land on the surface of Mars on Thursday, February 18, around 3:55 p.m. ET. The agency is sharing multiple ways for people to expereince the landing.

(CNN)Perseverance, NASA's most sophisticated rover to date, is expected to land on the surface of Mars on Thursday, February 18, around 3:55 p. m. ET.

Perseverance is NASA's first mission that will search for signs of ancient life on another planet to help answer the big question: Was life ever present on Mars?

Unfortunately, we can't watch the SUV-size rover land on the surface of Mars -- we're just not there yet, technologically speaking.

But NASA is inviting the world to tune in to its countdown and landing commentary, which will stream live beginning on Thursday at 2:15 p. m. ET.

During the landing coverage, NASA's mission control team will be able to confirm whether the rover safely landed on the surface of Mars.

Naturally, the rover has its own Twitter and Facebook accounts, where you can expect updates from the mission team from the perspective of the rover.

You can also follow every step of the rover's landing through a NASA interactive or sign up for a virtual experience of the landing.

"If there's one thing we know, it's that landing on Mars is never easy," said Marc Etkind, NASA associate administrator for communications, in a statement.

"But as NASA's fifth Mars rover, Perseverance has an extraordinary engineering pedigree and mission team. "

Just weeks after the landing, if all goes according to plan, cameras and microphones on the spacecraft will show the rover's perspective for the first time.

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