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.
Go to NASA.gov to learn more .
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
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