February has been a busy month for Mars, with both the United Arab Emirates and China sending instruments to study the planet’s surface.
Today, it’s America’s turn: NASA’s rover, called Perseverance, is expected to touch down. Among its cargo is a helicopter drone, Ingenuity, which will perform the first-ever controlled flight on another planet.
The rover is projected to touch down around 3:55 p.m. Here’s everything you need to know about the landing.
The Atlas V rocket launched in July 2020.NASA/Tony Gray and Tim Powers The launch
On July 30, 2020, the Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral carrying the rover to Mars. The mission was a decade in the making. Now, more than six months since blasting off, that rover