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NASA Rover 'Perseverance' To Touch Down On Mars Tonight

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

12:22 PM - 18 Feb 2021



A NASA rover called Perseverance is set to land on Mars tonight and start looking for signs of life.

Perseverance launched in July and is expected to touch down on Mars shortly before 9 pm tonight.

After landing, it will then start exploring the red planet, collecting rock samples and looking for signs of ancient life.

NASA says Perseverance is landing in a place with a high potential for finding these signs of past microbial life.

The rover will also be collecting important data about the geology and Mars' past climate conditions.

Understanding these will give scientists a richer sense of what the planet was like in its distant past.

Irish Aeronautical Engineer Dr Norah Patten believes tonight's landing will be a significant moment:

Dr Patten says "It's a huge feat of engineering, technology and science to actually send something to Mars and land it.

She says "Perseverance is the first step to around return mission" to earth.



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