The arrival of the American mission ‘Perseverance’ to the planet Mars is scheduled for 4 pm on Thursday (9 pm in Portugal).
The cosmic wagon ‘Perseverance’ was launched in July last year and is expected to ‘dive’ into Martian soil today to collect rocks and return to planet Earth. The big goal is to determine whether life ever existed on Mars.
The ‘Perseverance’ mission is the first stage of the United States-Europe partnership, through the European Space Agency, to bring samples of Mars to Earth in the next decade.
When NASA’s ‘rover’ lands, it will have traveled about 470 million kilometers and, if successful, will explore the Jezero crater, where a lake existed 3.9 billion years ago. Perseverance will also look for microfossils in rocks and soil.
The cosmic wagon will thus analyze the chemical composition of rocky bodies, the contextual mapping of the geology and climate of the red planet, to try to understand the evolution of these elements
NASA is one of the most experienced agencies on Mars exploration: so far it has been successful in eight of the nine landing attempts on the planet.
You can follow the live stream on one of these links: https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive, https://www.youtube.com/nasa, https://www.nasa.gov/connect/apps.html e https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html