Nasa's Perseverance rover is bearing down on Mars

NASA is getting ready for 7 minutes of absolute fear

NASA is getting ready for 7 minutes of absolute fear

Jezero Crater is the ideal place to search for signs of ancient microbial life.

In a period of approximately " seven minutes of terror, " as NASA defines this type of maneuver, the spacecraft slows from about 19,500 kilometers per hour in the upper part of the Martian atmosphere to almost 3 kilometers per hour landing time.

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The rock and regolith (broken rock and dust) that Perseverance's Sample Caching System collects from Jezero could help answer fundamental questions about the existence of life beyond Earth. It is set to return back to the Earth by 2030.

According to John McNamee the project manager for the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission through a statement with CNN, "Don't let anybody tell you different - landing on Mars is hard to do", said John McNamee, project manager for the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission at JPL. "But the women and men on this team are the best in the world at what they do".

If all goes as planned, a new United States rover will land on Mars in three weeks. She also is on the rover camera team that will be the scientific eyes for Perseverance.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory live coverage will be accessible on the agency's website and NASA Television on February 18, the landing day, starting at 2:15 p.m. ET. It draws on lessons gained with fresh targets from previous missions that will shed further light on Mars' past.

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It all starts with the landing of the capsule as it travels from Mars' orbit.

Launched in July, the spaceship still has approximately 25.6 million miles remaining from its 292.5 million-mile Earth-to-Mars adventure.

NASA's teams name it the 'seven minutes of terror'.

In this illustration, NASA's Perseverance rover explores Mars', Jezero Crater.

Horgan has played a key role in the mission by leading research on the geology of the landing site.

Moreover Zurbuchen admits that "It is not guaranteed that we will be successful".

Subsequent missions, now under consideration by NASA in cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency), would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis.

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