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NASA's Perseverance rover to land on Mars on Thursday

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After a seven-month journey, NASA's Perseverance rover prepares to touch down
on Mars on Thursday (Feb 18) after first negotiating a risky landing procedure
that will mark the start of its multi-year search for signs of ancient microbial life.

 

The Mars 2020 mission, which set off late from Florida in late July, includes
the largest ever vehicle to be dispatched to the Red Planet.

 

Built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, it weighs a ton, has a robotic arm that's
2m long, has 19 cameras and two microphones to record the Martian soundscape.

 

Should it arrive intact, Perseverance will be only the fifth rover to successfully
complete the journey since Pathfinder in 1997. All have been American and
the last, Curiosity, is still active.

 

China last week placed its Tianwen-1 spacecraft in orbit around Mars carrying both
a lander and a rover, which will land in May.

 

 

At around 8.55pm GMT on Thursday (Friday, 4.55am, Singapore time),
Perseverance will place its six wheels on a landing site described as "spectacular"
by Ken Farley, a NASA scientist.



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