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Mars rover landing: Live updates

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Perseverance, NASA's most sophisticated rover to date, is expected to land on Mars around 3:55 p.m. ET today. Follow here for live updates.

Rover set to land on Mars

If Ingenuity is successful, it could pave the way for more advanced robotic aircraft to be used on future missions to Mars, both robotic and human, according to NASA.

The rover was originally known as the Mars 2020 mission — but it got its name in a nationwide contest, won by Alexander Mather, a seventh grade student in Virginia.

Perseverance's two-year mission will begin once it lands on Mars.

The rover — still known as the Mars 2020 rover at the time — was kept in the “clean room” while engineers and mission teams worked on various components and tasks to prepare it for shipping off to Cape Canaveral for launch.

Perseverance, NASA's most sophisticated rover to date, is expected to land on the surface of Mars today 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?

NASA only lands a rover on Mars about every 10 years — the last was Curiosity in 2012.

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