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NASA's Perseverance rover will land on Mars this week. Here's what to expect

February 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Perseverance, NASA's most sophisticated rover to date, is expected to land on the surface of Mars Thursday, February 18, around 3:55 p.m. ET. Here's what to expect this week.

(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.

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

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

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

If successful, Perseverance will be NASA's ninth landing on Mars.

The one-way time it takes for radio signals to travel from Earth to Mars is about 10. 5 minutes, which means the seven minutes it takes for the spacecraft to land on Mars will occur without any help or intervention from NASA teams on Earth.

The spacecraft hits the top of the Martian atmosphere moving at 12,000 miles per hour and has to slow down to zero miles per hour seven minutes later when the rover softly lands on the surface.

Perseverance is targeting a 28-mile-wide ancient lake bed and river delta, the most challenging site yet for a NASA spacecraft landing on Mars.

Once the rover has landed, Perseverance's two-year mission will begin.

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