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Perseverance rover is coming in for a Mars landing today

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Landing day is finally here. The NASA Perseverance rover, which has been on a 292.5 million-mile journey from Earth since July 30, is expected to land on Mars Thursday around 3:55 p.m. ET.

The NASA Perseverance rover, which has been on a 292. 5 million-mile journey from Earth since July 30, is expected to land on Mars Thursday around 3:55 p. m. ET.

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

If successful, Perseverance will be NASA's ninth landing on Mars and the agency's fifth rover.

The one-way time it takes for radio signals to travel from Earth to Mars is about 11 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 1. 7 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.

Data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will relay data from the rover throughout landing.

The agency's Odyssey orbiter will fly over the landing site and communicate with the rover to confirm its health about 7:27 p. m. ET, according to NASA.

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

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