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NASA’s Big Day: After 6 Months Of Travel, Perseverance Rover Ready To Land On Mars

A mosaic of the Schiaparelli Hemisphere of the planet Mars, showing the Schiaparelli Crater, circa 1980. (Photo by Space Frontiers/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The most elaborate rover ever sent to Mars will attempt to land on the red planet today (Thursday @ 3:55 p.m. Eastern time).

The rover named Perseverance is aiming for a spot on the edge of an ancient river delta.

NASA says it’s by no means going to be easy because the area is filled with cliffs, pits, sand dunes, and fields of rocks that could doom the $3 billion mission.

Perseverance launched from Earth on July 30, 2020.

The rover will search for past life on Mars and collect soil and rock samples.

What do you think about this mission? Are we ever going to figure out if there is/was life on other planets?

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