National Aeronautics Space Administration’s (NASA) Perseverance rover will be attempting to land on Mars’ Jezero crater later tonight. It will be February 19 at 2:25 AM IST when the rover lands on the red planet. All eyes will be on the historic landing as it has been touted as the most difficult landing ever attempted on Mars.
The engineers managing the mission from the ground at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California have jokingly said that the landing will be “seven minutes of terror”. Before all the focus shifts to the landing event, here are five things you should know about the mission.
# The Perseverance rover lifted off from Kennedy Space Centre on July 30, 2020. It took the spacecraft more than six months to reach Mars’ orbit. This period was chosen to take advantage of the proximity between the two planets which opens every two years. After landing on Mars, the rover will stay there for one-Mars year that is equal to 687 days on Earth.