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NASA rover Perseverance: Follow the landing on Mars live

The NASA rover Perseverance is scheduled to land on Mars on Thursday, and interested parties around the world will be able to watch live how the US space agency experiences the complex maneuver. NASA has announced several live streams, including a 360 ° view of the Mission Control Center and an annotated stream. The landing itself should take place shortly before 10 p.m. Central European Time (CET), but it will be really exciting a few minutes beforehand when the spaceship hits the atmosphere at almost 20,000 kilometers per hour.

The most exciting arrival

Perseverance was sent on its journey at the end of July 2020, roughly at the same time as the Mars missions Tianwen-1 ("Questions to Heaven") from China and الأمل ("Hope") from the United Arab Emirates. The two have already arrived on the Red Planet, but Perseverance is now supposed to land directly. The rover is the successor to the successful Curiosity rover and will use new instruments to search for traces of possible life on the red planet. He is also supposed to help prepare possible manned missions. The Moxie experiment (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment) aims to produce oxygen from the Martian atmosphere.

As NASA now explains, Perseverance should separate from the drive module at around 9:38 p.m. (all CET). Ten minutes later, he should then encounter the atmosphere that slows him down. The rover is protected by a heat shield that will quickly heat up to 1,300 degrees Celsius.

If the braking parachute opens at 9:52 p.m., Perseverance will race towards the Martian surface at supersonic speed. The rover determines the opening time autonomously, just as the rest will proceed without intervention from Earth. At 9:54 p.m., the brake module is supposed to be activated and the rover, which is hanging on ropes, will slowly land with the help of brake engines. He should land at walking pace around 9:55 p.m.

Multiple live streams

This part of the entire mission, which is definitely the most exciting, can be followed live on various NASA channels. A commented live stream is to begin at 8:15 p.m. on NASA TV and will be available on YouTube, for example. In addition, there should be its own uninterrupted live feed directly from the control center of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where those responsible for the mission work. The JPL also wants to offer another live stream with a 360-degree view of the control center on its YouTube channel. There will also be a Spanish-language live stream. There will be a first press conference at 11.30 p.m. at the earliest.

(mho)

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