The Thrill of the Perseverance Rover Landing on Mars

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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 AppYouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedInTwitchDaily Motion, and THETA.TV. Touchdown is scheduled for approximately 3:55 p.m. EST.

Additional landing shows include Juntos Perseveramos, a one-hour program in Spanish, and Mission Control Live, an immersive 360-degree view at our control room at JPL. Get our guide on this page to the TV programs coming up you can watch online.

Students, Teachers, Educators – Design, build, and land your own spacecraft – just like scientists and engineers do. Join our Mission to Mars Student Challenge to lead students in designing and building a mission to Mars with a guided education plan, join in a live stream Q&A on landing day, and share student work with a worldwide audience. 
Be Our Guest – Connect with like-minded space enthusiasts and take part in other virtual activities by signing up for the Virtual NASA Social event on Facebook. You can also sign up for our virtual guest experience with notifications about mission updates and a virtual passport stamp available after landing. 
Interactive Experiences – You also can try out a virtual photo booth that allows you to pose next to the Perseverance rover, send your name on the next mission to Mars, listen to the differences between sounds on Mars and Earth, and check out other interactive experiences on the mission’s website
Lighting Towns Red Around the World – To celebrate landing, the Empire State Building in New York is lighting its tower red. Other sites in the United States recognizing the upcoming landing include the Los Angeles International Airport, and select buildings along the Chicago skyline, such as the Adler Planetarium. 
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