Landing a Rover (and a drone) on Mars
On July 30th, 2020, the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover left planet earth for its journey to the Red Planet. Today, after months of traveling through space, it‘s due to arrive at its destination.
One of the coolest things about this rover: It brings Aviation to Mars! The rover is carries a little drone which will be flying over the Mars surface. We‘ll get to see some beautiful and never-seen imagery of the planet - if everything goes well.
The spacecraft will enter the atmosphere at an incredible speed of 20‘000 kilometers per hour and go through 7 Minutes of Terror before it will hopefully land safely on the Mars surface. It‘s the most dangerous landing ever attempted on Mars and an incredible work of science and engineering.
Timeline for Today
- 2038Z: Cruise Stage Separation
- 2048Z: Atmospheric Entry
- 2049Z: Peak Heating
- 2052Z: Parachute Away and Heat Shield Separation
- 2054Z: Back Shell Separation
- 2055Z: Touchdown
Radio signals need 11 minutes to travel from Mars to Earth. We won‘t know if the rover made it to the ground safely for that amount of time after touch down.
There will be a NASA Livestream starting at 1915Z:
Good luck, Perseverance! Say Hi to Opportunity and Curiosity while you‘re there!