Mars rover Perseverance will soon touch down to explore

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An illustration depicting NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars. Perseverance is expected to land at Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech.

In just a few weeks, the newest exploration device that’ll traverse the surface of Mars will make its debut on the red planet. In July, the rover called Perseverance rocketed off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

It was a six-month journey, and now Perseverance is closing in on Mars. It is scheduled to touch down on February 18, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, based in Pasadena, is overseeing the mission. 

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Credits

Guest:
Keith A. Comeaux - Mars 2020 Mission Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Host:
Steve Chiotakis

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Jenna Kagel, Kathryn Barnes