I hope we’ll see robots landing on Mars tomorrow. I have my boarding pass and will be travelling virtually alongside. Scheduled arrival beginning 11:15am Thursday February 18 2021 with touchdown at 12:55pm PST.
After nearly 300 million miles, our Perseverance rover completes its journey to Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18. To reach the surface of the Red Planet, it has to survive the harrowing final phase known as Entry, Descent, and Landing.
Only then can the six-wheeled rover – the biggest, heaviest, cleanest, and most sophisticated robotic geologist ever launched into space – search Jezero Crater for signs of ancient life and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth.
Tune in for live coverage and landing commentary from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) beginning at 2:15 p.m. EST on the NASA TV Public Channel and the agency’s website, as well as the NASA App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion, and THETA.TV. Touchdown is scheduled for approximately 3:55 p.m. EST.