The NASA Perseverance rover on Thursday will complete its 292.5 million-mile trek to land on Mars at approximately 3:55 p.m. EST.
The trip began in July with the rover also transporting a helicopter called Ingenuity as part of an experiment to fly a helicopter on another planet for the first time.
Perseverance is NASA’s first mission that will look for evidence of past life on another planet.
According to CNN, the rover is set to explore Jezero Crater, which is the location “of an ancient lake that existed 3.9 billion years ago, and search for microfossils in the rocks and soil there.” Future “follow-up missions” plan to return samples from the site to Earth that will be collected by the rover.
Perseverance seeks to be NASA’s ninth landing on the Red Planet, and the agency’s fifth rover to do so. First, it has to reportedly experience the “seven minutes of terror,” infamous for Mars landings.
The one-way travel time