The mission planned to launch on 30 July 2020 at 11:50 UTC and touch down in Jezero crater on Mars on 18 February 2021 and search for astrobiological evidence of ancient microbial life there. There is a very thin atmosphere in a thin, cold, desert world millions of miles from Earth. You know this planet as Mars… but it has not always been this way. There is evidence that the red planet was more wet and warm with a dense atmosphere billions of years ago. Could it also support life?
NASA's Perseverance Rover will launch next week and collect rock and soil samples to explore the red planet, which may preserve ancient signs of life. #NASAScience Live Join the experts on Wednesday, July 22 at 3:00 pm. EDT to learn more about this robotic astrobiologist.
Launch Week Schedule:Below is a schedule of various activities to keep engaged and learn about the mission as we ramp up to launch. Tune in and join the mission:
|July 22, 12 p.m. PDT/3 p.m. EDT||NASA Science Live: Perseverance Mars Rover and the Search for Ancient Life|
|July TBD||Pre-Launch News Conference|
|July TBD||Mission Engineering and Science News Conference|
|July TBD||NASA Edge Show (showing spacecraft rollout)|
|July TBD||Returning Samples from Mars and Paving the Way for Humans News Conference (L-2)|
|July TBD||Virtual NASA Social Broadcast from KSC and JPL|
|July 30, Early Morning||Launch Broadcast/TV Show|
News briefings and launch commentary will be streamed on NASA TV, NASA.gov/live, YouTube.com/NASAJPL and Ustream.tv/NASAJPL. On-demand recordings will also be available on the YouTube and Ustream pages after the live events have finished.
Share Your Thoughts With NASA "#CountdownToMars"Launching to Mars is hard—and in these times, even harder—but NASA’s Perseverance rover team has met the challenge. Help us get ready for the upcoming launch by taking part in a global, collective #CountdownToMars.
Mars Perseverance Photo BoothSince NASA can't take you to Mars (yet!) but can bring Mars to you virtually! It's easy to put yourself on the launch pad, on the Red Planet, or next to the rover. Just follow these steps:
1.) Visit: Mars Photo Booth
2.) Upload your picture
3.) Choose a background
4.) Download and save your image
5.) Share using #CountdownToMars
How to participate:It’s not every day you can help send a mission off to Mars! If you’ve ever dreamed of working in mission control, here’s your chance to show us what you’ve got and been part of history!
1.) Record your own version of a launch countdown.
2.) Share your video on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
3.) Tag your post with the hashtag #CountdownToMars.
If your countdown hits the mark, then NASA will share it on their social media accounts, and even feature it on launch day — July 30, 2020!
How Can You "Send Your Name To Mars"You can send you name to mars by the following step:
1.) Visit: Send Your Name To Mars
2.) Fill the form.
3.) Enter Your First Name.
4.) Enter Your Last Name.
5.) Select Your Country.
6.) Enter Your Postal Code.
7.) Enter Your Email id.
8.) Note: Your email is used to allow you to track your "Frequent Flyer" points, and to receive notifications of "Send Your Name to Mars" events such as launch or landing.
9.) Click the button " Send My Name To Mars"
10.) Download or print your boarding pass.
Taking Flight on Another WorldThe Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, is a technology demonstration to test flight operated on another planet for the first time. It is a ride on the Fortitude Rover. A series of flight tests will be carried out at the 30-Martian-day experimental window that will begin sometime in the spring of 2021. For the first flight, the helicopter will hover in the air about 20 to 30 seconds, and land a few feet above the ground. This will be a major milestone: the first powered flight in the extremely thin atmosphere of Mars! After that, the team will try additional experimental flights of extra distance and higher altitude. After completing its technology demonstration by helicopter, Perseverance will continue its scientific mission.
Parts Of Mars Perseverance Rover
|body:||a structure that protects the rover's "vital organs"|
|brains:||computers to process information|
|temperature controls:||internal heaters, a layer of insulation, and more|
|"neck and head":||a mast for the cameras to give the rover a human-scale view|
|eyes and ears :||cameras and instruments that give the rover information about its environment|
|arm and "hand":||a way to extend its reach and collect rock samples for study|
|wheels and legs:||parts for mobility|
|electrical power:||batteries and power|
|communications:||antennas for "speaking" and "listening"|