How to Follow Today’s Mars Rover Landing

A simulation of the Mars rover Perseverance landing on the Red Planet. Illustration: NASA

When NASA’s rover Perseverance lands on Mars today, we won’t be able to watch it live: The technology is not quite there. But NASA will stream the countdown and landing commentary, beginning at 2:15 pm Eastern Time (7:15 pm GMT).

After the rover lands on Mars, you can follow its progress via an interactive map.

The spacecraft was launched on July 20, 2020, and has taken almost exactly seven months to reach our nearest planetary neighbor. One of the main objects of the mission is to seek signs of ancient microbial life, and conditions formerly suitable to life, as it explores the planet, taking soil and rock samples.


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Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. Canada's premier arctic traveler, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and is currently working on a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada.

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10 months ago

Very very cool! Thank you Jerry for posting this and the links!!!