NASA’s newest rover, the Perseverance, is scheduled to land on Mars on Thursday afternoon.
The space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, at the California Institute of Technology, located outside Pasadena California, predicts “the most precise landing yet.” The craft is scheduled to land 3:55 p.m. (EST.)
“Perseverance is NASA’s most ambitious Mars rover mission yet, focused scientifically whether there was ever any life on Mars in the past,” said Thomas Zurbuchen an associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA.
Zurbuchen also said Perseverance will face Mar’s most challenging terrain.
The rover will be accompanied by NASA‘s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and the Mars Atmospheric and Volatile EvolutioN or MAVEN. The two satellites are orbiting Mars and will transmit data from Perseverance.
NASA TV will also broadcast live coverage of the mission’s control room during the landing.