NASA’s Perseverance rover is ready to land on Mars. The rover will touch down today in Jezero Crater, an ancient delta on the Martian surface. Perseverance, or “Percy” for short, will explore the Martian terrain and conduct a number of science investigations. Among its objectives, Percy will collect samples, deploy the first helicopter beyond Earth, and search for signs of ancient life on the fourth planet from the sun. Ahead of the landing, NASA sent the spacecraft the command series for the entry, descent and landing sequence, known as EDL…starting the timeline for touchdown. The spacecraft will enter the official EDL phase today. EDL, the shortest but most intense phase of the entire mission, is also known as the “seven minutes of terror.” During this seven-minute phase, the spacecraft has to slow down from nearly 12,500 miles per hour to zero miles per hour to land on the planet. You can follow the landing today. NASA will provide live coverage of the event beginning at 2:15 p.m. EST. You can watch it live on space.com.
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