NASA announced that the ‘Perseverance’ rover will land on Mars on Thursday evening CET. The Agency’s engineers describe the rover’s crucial landing manoeuvre as “seven minutes of horror.” The event, scheduled for Thursday evening CET, will be broadcast online and also available on TVP Info.
The main goal set by NASA scientists for the Perseverance mission is to study the habitability of Mars by identifying ancient environments capable of supporting microbial life. Biosignatures that may be signs of potential past microbial life will be sought. The rover will also test soil samples and oxygen production from the components of the Martian atmosphere.
NASA announced that the broadcast of the event will start at 8:15 P.M. CET. According to the Agency’s estimates, the capsule will land on the surface of the planet on Thursday, February 18 at 9:55 p.m. CET. The broadcast will be available, among others, on the TVP Info channel.
The cost of the entire Mars 2020 project was USD 2.4 billion (EUR 1.99 billion). NASA estimates that another USD 300 million (EUR 249 million) will be further spent on the mission, which is expected to last one Martian year (687 Earth days).
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