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Seven Minutes of Terror for Mars Perseverance Rover

18 Feb 2021, 01:35 UTC
Seven Minutes of Terror for Mars Perseverance Rover
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Hey Space Placers!If NASA’s newest mission to Mars, Perseverance Rover https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-s-next-mars-rover-is-ready-for-the-most-precise-landing-yet , survives the harrowing “Seven Minutes of Terror” to make a successful landing Thursday, Mars Curiosity Rover https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/home/ will no longer be the sole active Rover on the Red Planet. Landing at Jezero Crater is scheduled for approximately 3:55 p.m. EST but NASA won’t know if their newest Rover is alive or dead for another 11 minutes, 22 seconds. That is how long it takes the telemetry from Perseverance to reach Earth traveling at the speed of light - 186,00 miles PER SECOND. As stated by NASA, “Jezero is a basin where scientists believe an ancient river flowed into a lake and deposited sediments in a fan shape known as a delta. Scientists think the environment here was likely to have preserved signs of any life that gained a foothold billions of years ago – but Jezero also has steep cliffs, sand dunes, and boulder fields. Landing on Mars is difficult – only about 50% of all previous Mars landing attempts have succeeded – and these geological features make it even more so. The Perseverance team is building on lessons from previous touchdowns and employing new technologies that enable ...

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