NASA's Perseverance rover to land on Mars next month

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The live event will be broadcast via NASA TV, the agency's website and YouTube.

The rover will complete its six-month-long journey on February 18 and will be landing in what is known as the Jezero Crater, which will be the most unsafe spot on Mars NASA has attempted to land on. Consequently, Perseverance will not receive any help or communication from NASA in any way.

What's So Special With The Mission?

And only weeks after the touchdown, the spacecraft's video cameras and microphones will illustrate the rover's interpretation of this terrifying encounter. Scientists call it "The Seven minutes of terror".

NASA will finally be landing a man-made object on one of Earth's closest neighbors since the Mars Insight lander in 2018. This is the "seven minutes of fear".

Scientists also preserve the "purity" of Perseverance so that it does not contaminate the collected Martian rocks and dirts from any Microbes that come from Earth which risks of providing an inaccurate reading.

Allen Chen, Mars 2020 entry, descent, and landing lead at JPL, said per CNN report that this is the most critical and risky phase of the mission. Once at the top of the Red Planet's atmosphere, an action-packed seven minutes of descent awaits.

It all starts with the landing of the capsule as it travels from Mars' orbit.

Determination He will look for signs of microbial life Old on the surface of Mars, it will collect and store Mars rocks and regolith (broken rocks and dust) for future missions to bring them to Earth, characterize the planet's geology and climate, and pave the way for human exploration of the red planet.

"Perseverance, which was built from the collective knowledge gleaned from such trailblazers, has the opportunity to not only expand our knowledge of the Red Planet, but to investigate one of the most important and exciting questions of humanity about the origin of life both on Earth and also on other planets.", he adds. NASA will set up a continued human habitation on and around the Moon by 2028 through NASA's Artemis lunar exploration plans, charged with returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024.

The Mars 2020 mission is part of a larger program that includes missions to the Moon as a way to prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.

JPL, which Caltech manages for NASA in Pasadena, California, built and handles the Perseverance rover operations.

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