2021 is already a great year for space exploration, as three countries sent probes to study the surface of Mars: the USA, China, and the United Arab Emirates. Getting as much information about the Red Planet as possible could mean humanity’s ticket to move to a new home other than Earth.
One of the most ambitious goals of space agencies is to make the first steps of colonizing another planet, and Mars seems like the right candidate. Our neighboring planet is habitable because of several reasons – it’s located in the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ of the Solar System (where it’s not too cold and neither too hot), its soil contains water that can be extracted, the gravity is 38% that of our Earth’s, and so on.
Perseverance is ready for touch down
NASA’s Perseverance rover has been on its way to Mars for seven months, and it’s finally ready to land. The news comes from Gizmodo.com, and we should all consider ourselves lucky to witness the event.
You can watch the official stream of NASA TV below:
Jennifer Trosper, who is the deputy project manager for the Mars 2020 mission from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, declared:
The Perseverance team is putting the final touches on the complex choreography required to land in Jezero Crater,
No Mars landing is guaranteed, but we have been preparing a decade to put this rover’s wheels down on the surface of Mars and get to work.
The Perseverance rover cost a fortune: $2.7 billion. The rover will reach the Red Planet’s surface on Thursday, February 18, at 3:55 p.m. EST (12:55 p.m. PST). The coverage at NASA’s live stream (video from above) begins at 2:15 p.m. EST (11:15 a.m. PST).