NASA has only had eight successful Mars landings ever and today, you can witness what is expected to be the ninth extremely historic rover landing. Perseverance, the first rover to be sent to Mars since the Curiosity Rover landed on that big red planet back in 2012, is set to make its landing today at 3:55 pm EST. It’s not something you’re going to want to miss — given that people are calling the seven minutes between the rover entering Mars’ orbit and landing the “seven minutes of terror,” and due to the enormity of the event.
Fortunately, thanks to the power of technology, you don’t have to. So here’s how — and when — you can watch the landing of the Perseverance rover.
Here’s How to Watch the ‘Perserverance’ Landing
The event will be available to watch on NASA’s official YouTube page (videos linked here in the article), public TV channel, website, app, Twitter, Facebook, Twitch, and even their LinkedIn. There will also be a Spanish stream available. Basically, there are a ton of places to watch it, for good reason. Given the enormity of a Mars landing, you can start tuning in long before the countdown.
Here’s When to Watch the ‘Perserverance’ Landing
A special live-stream for students is set to begin at 12:30 pm EST, with the official live coverage starting at 2:15 pm EST. We’ve linked them both here in this article so you can come back here if you want — or you can head over to any of the above-listed NASA pages.
The only real downside is that due to data delays, NASA will not be able to broadcast the actual landing live. However, the stream will still be able to show the majority of the landing process, including the initial entry and descent, which space engineers often refer to as the “seven minutes of terror.” Plus, NASA’s mission control team will be able to confirm on the stream if the rover landed safely.
What to Watch For
Upon landing, Perseverance should be able to transmit low-resolution images and sounds from Mars’ surface, meaning that we could all get a glimpse of what it’s actually like to be on Mars.
Perseverance is being sent to Mars with one massive question: was there ever life on our neighboring planet? The rover will be landing near the Jezero Crater, which was chosen by NASA because it is believed to have been the home of an ancient river delta billions of years ago. The hope is that Perseverance will be able to collect soil samples that may potentially provide evidence of past life on Mars — furthering our space exploration for decades to come.