Watch NASA’s Perseverance Rover Land on Mars on Thursday

NASA’s live landing broadcast on Thursday begins at 2:15 p.m. EST (1915 GMT). You’ll be able to watch that live here and on Space.com’s homepage, courtesy of NASA, or directly from NASA’s YouTube channel.

Launched in July 2020, Perseverance is the latest in a series of missions focused on assessing how habitable Mars was in the ancient past. The mission represents a crucial pivot point in NASA’s Mars exploration because the rover will cache the most promising samples for a future Mars sample-return mission to Earth later this decade, if everything goes to schedule.

Another historic first for the Perseverance mission will be a helicopter, called Ingenuity, that will test flying on Mars for the first time. The hope is to use such small drones for scouting ahead of astronaut missions, or exploring dangerous regions, in future Mars missions.

Read on for our NASA TV webcast guide for NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover landing this week. NASA also has a Mars 2020 rover STEM toolkit available here for students and teachers.

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