One small step for man, one giant leap for finding potential life on Mars. This afternoon, NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance will attempt to land on the Red Planet as part of a reconnaissance mission a decade in the making. The Mars rover landing today will be one of NASA’s most challenging yet, as Perseverance is the biggest and most sophisticated self-driving robot ever launched into space. Will this absolute unit of a rover be able to stick the landing?
If you’re curious about how to watch the Mars rover landing, you’ve come to the right place. What time is the Mars rover landing? How long will the NASA Mars rover landing take? Here’s everything you need to know!
WHEN IS THE MARS ROVER LANDING?
NASA’s Perseverance rover will land on Mars today, Thursday, February 18. The landing comes nearly seven months after the rover launched into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on July 30.
WHAT TIME IS THE MARS ROVER LANDING?
The Mars rover landing livestream will begin at 2:15 p.m. ET this afternoon. This livestream will provide semi-live (more on that below) footage of the rover’s approach, plus commentary and news from NASA mission control.
However, you’ll have to wait about 90 minutes until the rover actually makes contact with the Red Planet. According to NASA, Perseverance is not expected to touch down until approximately 3:55 p.m. ET, so adjust your schedule accordingly.
HOW TO WATCH MARS ROVER LANDING 2021
There are a few different ways to watch Perseverance land on Mars today. The exciting event will be available to stream on the NASA TV Public Channel and the agency’s website at nasa.gov/live beginning at 2:15 p.m. ET.
Want to watch the Mars rover landing online? Keep reading for more information!
MARS ROVER LANDING LIVE STREAM: WATCH THE NASA MARS ROVER LANDING ONLINE
Today’s Mars rover landing is also streaming live on the NASA App and the NASA YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, and Daily Motion accounts. Viewers can also tune in to the event on the agency’s 24/7 THETA.TV channel.
Check out NASA’s YouTube coverage below when the event goes live at 2:15 p.m.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE NASA MARS ROVER PERSEVERANCE LANDING
NASA has queued up quite a big day for space junkies, so here’s a helpful rundown of the afternoon’s events (times are approximate, because SPACE). Because of the immense distance the information must travel, it will take a few minutes for NASA receive footage or photos, and as a result, viewers should expect a slight delay in the live feed.
2:15 p.m. ET: Live coverage and landing commentary from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory begins
2:30 p.m. ET: “Juntos perseveramos,” NASA’s first-ever Spanish-language show for a planetary landing, begins
3:38 p.m. ET: The cruise stage separates from the shell containing the rover
3:48 p.m. ET: Perseverance enters Mars’ atmosphere
3:52 p.m. ET: The parachute carrying the rover deploys
3:55 p.m. ET: Perseverance makes contact with Mars and lands on all six wheels at Jezero Crater
4:00 p.m. ET: NASA expects to share the first image from Perseverance’s landing on Mars
In the days and weeks ahead, NASA will share more images, footage, and audio that Perseverance has collected throughout its time on Mars. The space agency also plans to launch the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, a drone that will attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet, in Spring 2021.
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