Landing on Mars LIVE!
Join me on this live event watching the landing of the newest Mars rover Perseverance!
We will discuss the geoscientific uniqueness of Mars, how ancient life could be found and how probable it will be to host humans as an interplanetary species.
After a short scientific discussion, we will switch to the live coverage of NASA and will follow the landing.
Perseverance will touch down on Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18, Protected content , at approximately 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST). During landing, the rover plunges through the thin Martian atmosphere, with the heat shield first, at a speed of over 12,000 mph (about 20,000 kph). A parachute and powered descent slow the rover down to about 2 mph (three-fourths of a meter per second). A large sky crane then lowers the rover on three bridle cords to land softly on six wheels. Landing on Mars is hard.
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