This will be the 'seven minutes of terror' of the landing of 'Perseverance' on Mars

After almost 470 million kilometers, the rover NASA will land on Mars on 18 February 2021. Its aim will look for signs of microbial life in an area called Jezero Crater. Scientists believe that there, more than 3.5 billion years ago, rivers spilled into the crater and formed a lake that may have had life. The Perseverance waits down seven minutes full of action, with temperatures equivalent to the surface of the Sun, a supersonic parachute inflated and the first landing on Mars autonomous guided.

During the landing, its speed will go from 19,500 km/h to 3 km/h, a period of time that NASA refers to as the seven minutes of terror. Only then will the rover , the largest, heaviest, cleanest and most sophisticated six-wheeled geological robot ever launched into space, will it be able to search Jezero Crater for signs of ancient life and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth. The robot will also study the geology of the red planet and test ways in which astronauts on future missions could produce oxygen from CO2 in the atmosphere, to breathe and use as fuel.

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