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After a flight of nearly 7 months the Mars Perseverance spacecraft is reaching the final phase of the flight. Today it will land on the surface of Mars with live programming starting at 2:15pm Eastern.
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Event scheduled for 18 Feb 21 at 19:15 GMT
Local time 18 Feb 21 at 2:15pm Eastern
A ULA Atlas V rocket will launch the latest NASA Mars Rover from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41.
The Atlas V will fly in the 541 configuration with a single core booster, four strap-on solid rocket motors, a single Centaur Upper Stage and a 5M payload Fairing.
NASA's Perseverance rover will explore the Jezero Crater to study the planet's habitability, seek signs of past microbial life, collect and store samples of selected rock and soil and prepare for future human missions. The rover also carries the Ingenuity helicopter, a technology demonstration to prove that powered flight can be achieved at Mars.