The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover will search for signs of ancient microbial life, which will advance NASA’s quest to explore the past habitability of Mars. The rover has a drill to collect core samples of Martian rock and soil, then store them in sealed tubes for pickup by a future mission that would ferry them back to Earth for detailed analysis. Perseverance will also test technologies to help pave the way for future human exploration of Mars.
- Mission Name: Mars 2020
- Rover Name: Perseverance
- Main Job: Seek signs of ancient life and collect samples of rock and regolith (broken rock and soil) for possible return to Earth.
- Launch: July 30, 2020
- Landing: Feb. 18, 2021
- Landing Site: Jezero Crater, Mars
- Tech Demo: The Mars Helicopter is a technology demonstration, hitching a ride on the Perseverance rover.
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Watch the Feb. 18 Landing Broadcast
Show starts at 11:15 a.m. PST / 2:15 p.m. EST / 19:15 UTC
Landing is just around the corner and there’s lots of programming you can tune in for. Use the table below to see all of the upcoming shows. On landing day, the broadcast will be available here and on multiple platforms. Scroll down to find your favorite platform and enjoy the show.
Spanish Language: we have a one-hour program all in Spanish
360-degree Stream: for an immersive look at our control room try the 360-degree view
Clean Feed: if you are doing your own programming or if you want to see uninterrupted video of the landing, try the clean feed