Watch live coverage and landing commentary from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory today at 2:15 pm ET, as the Perseverance rover lands on Mars.
The rover -- and its attached helicopter Ingenuity -- will plunge through the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 miles per hour. A parachute will slow the descent and a "sky crane maneuver" will lower the rover on three cables so that "Percy" lands softly in an area of the planet known as Jezero Crater.
Read our Special Section: Mars 2020 – Perseverance to the Red Planet:
- Mars 2020: Getting to Mars
- Mars 2020: Looking for Life
- Mars 2020: The Science of Mars 2020
- Mars 2020: The Anatomy of Perseverance
- Mars 2020: Building Perseverance
- WEBINAR: Mars 2020: The Legacy Continues for NASA Space Robotics
- PODCAST: A Rock-Vaporizing 'SuperCam' for the Mars Rover
- A Reader Question: "How Automated is the Mars Rover Landing?"