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MISSION EXPLAINED

Hello citizens of LEGO City, I’m Gabby ToCamera and boy do I have news for you!

Today we are keeping a close eye on Mars as NASA’s Perseverance Rover touches down to research the surface and search for ancient life!

Gabby ToCamera Reporting Live for LEGO CITY NEWS / NASA Mars Rover Landing

February 18th

LANDING ON MARS

The Perseverance will land in the Jezero Crater on Mars. It has spent the last 7 months travelling through the solar system to the planet and will spend at least one Mars year (about 687 Earth days) collecting samples and researching the environment.

  • GETTING THERE

    The mission began with the launch of the deep space rocket in July 2020. The rocket used its 5 boosters to blast the rover into space for its 7-month mission to Mars.

  • FLYING ABOVE

    This mission will also bring the first ever helicopter to Mars, the Ingenuity. This helicopter will test to see how powered flight will work in Mars’ thin atmosphere.

  • SEARCH FOR LIFE

    Once landed, the Perseverance rover will begin its ground mission. Sampling soil and searching for signs of ancient life on Mars.

  • Weather

    on Mars
  • Day

    20°C

  • Night

    -153°C

TODAY’S NEWS

  • ALL EYES ON MARS

    Landing on Mars is hard. Only 40% of rovers actually land safely. During landing, the rover will plunge through the thin Martian atmosphere, with the heat shield first, at a speed of over 12,000 mph (about 20,000 kph). Then, a parachute will deploy to slow it down for a graceful landing.

  • Go watch the landing with your family - find all the information on the Nasa website.

MISSION CONTROL

Amazing technology controlled right here from Earth!
  • Titanium and aluminum wheels to glide over knee-high rocks and uneven terrain.

  • The ‘Super Cam’ is a top-notch camera that is able to look up and down.

  • SHERLOC is a camera that takes extreme close-ups of the land.

  • The rover body carries and protects the computer, electronic and instrument systems. It is about the size and weight of a car!

  • The power source of the rover is on its back, is made of 2 batteries and weighs about 99lbs (45kg)!

  • The mast of the rover lifts the key camera and sensors to give a human-scale perspective on the environment.

  • FLY TO MARS

  • Learn from the experts!

    Get all the secrets of space from scientists and astronauts – maybe someday you’ll call Mars home!

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