The Nasa Rover will have to survive what engineers call the "seven minutes of terror" to land on the Red Planet

Perseverance, is the name of the most sophisticated vehicle ever sent to land on another planet, the touchdown on Mars is expected on Thursday 18 February.

The Nasa Rover will have to survive what engineers call the “seven minutes of terror” which is refer to the challenge to reduce the speed from the top of the atmosphere to the surface. “I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that entry, descent and landing (EDL) is the most critical and most dangerous part of the mission,” Allen Chen, the EDL lead said in a press conference.

Scientists chose Jezero Crater as the landing site because it was once filled with water, which it makes an ideal place to investigate for signs of ancient life.

NASA issued a map showing the rover’s entire traverse, covering a distance of 26.219 miles on the Red Planet.  NASA will be live streaming the historic event on its website on February 18.

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