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(CNN) – Perseverance, NASA's most sophisticated rover so far , is expected to land on the surface of Mars on Thursday, February 18, around 3:55 pm Miami time
The rover has been traveling through space since its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in late July 2020. By the time it reaches Mars, the Perseverance will have traveled more than 470 million kilometers on its way from Earth,
Perseverance is NASA's first mission to search for signs of ancient life on another planet to help answer the big question: was there ever life on Mars? The rover will explore Jezero Crater , the site of an ancient lake that existed 3.9 billion years ago, and will search for microfossils in the rocks and soil there.
Along with the Perseverance mission there is an experiment of flying a helicopter for the first time – which is called Ingenuity– on another planet.
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Unfortunately, we cannot see the space exploration vehicle, which is the size of an SUV, descending on the surface of Mars; We're just not there yet, technologically speaking.
But NASA is inviting the world to tune in to its countdown and landing commentary, which will air live beginning Thursday at 2:15 p.m. Miami time. Tune in through NASA's public television channel , website , app , YouTube , Twitter , Facebook , LinkedIn , Twitch , Daily Motion or THETA.TV Landing over P rP. Perseverance
For the first time, the agency will also offer a show in Spanish for the landing .
During coverage of the descent, NASA's mission control team will be able to confirm whether the rover landed safely on the surface of Mars. Naturally, the space exploration vehicle has its own Twitter and Facebook accounts, where you can expect updates from the mission team from the rover's perspective. And you can bet that the Curiosity and the InSight lander will welcome the Perseverance to their home, the red planet.
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The agency has fun ways to participate in the excitement of the countdown, like photo booths and activities for kids and students. You can also follow each step of the rover landing through a NASA interactive or sign up for a virtual landing experience .
"If there's one thing we know, it's that landing on Mars is never easy," said Marc Etkind, associate administrator. Communications Department of NASA, in a statement. "But as NASA's fifth rover on Mars, Perseverance has an extraordinary engineering pedigree and mission team."
Just weeks after landing, if all goes according to plan, the spacecraft's cameras and microphones space will show the rover's perspective for the first time.