It’s landing day! What you need to know about Perseverance Rover’s landing on Mars

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Scientists hope Perseverance can find past signs of extraterrestrial life.

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It’s Landing Day: What you need to know for Mars Perseverance Rover’s landing

Today is the day. Mars Perseverance Rover is set to touch down on the martian surface at 3:55 p.m. today. Here’s what you need to know.

Rob Landers, Florida Today

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It’s landing day! 

NASA is on track to land its Mars Perseverance Rover in the Jezero Crater on the Red Planet. 

Here’s what you need to know for Thursday afternoon’s landing:

• Landing is scheduled for approximately 3:55 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021.

• During what’s known as the “Seven Minutes of Terror”, Perseverance will enter the Martian atmosphere, shed its head shield, deploy parachute, slow to a speed of 1.7 miles per hour, drop out of its capsule, fire rockets on its sky crane, and lower to the ground.

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• Perseverance launched in July 2020 and will have traveled 293 million miles to get to Mars.

• Perseverance carries a stowaway called Ingenuity. If successful, Ingenuity will be the first powered-flight drone on another planet.

• Perseverance’s landing site, the Jezero Crater, is thought to be an ancient river bed where life may have previously existed.

• Perseverance weighs approximately 2,200 pounds and is the size of a small car.

• Engineers at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory refer to the rover as “Percy” and as a “she”.

• Full coverage of the launch kicks off at 3 p.m. Thursday at floridatoday.com/space and will feature in-depth coverage, photos, charts and more. Ask our space team reporter Emre Kelly questions and strike up a conversation. We will also be hosting NASA TV’s live webcast of the launch.

Rob Landers is a USA TODAY Network of Florida multimedia journalist. You can reach him at rlanders@floridatoday.com

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