Watch a live broadcast from NASA as it provides an overview of the Mars Perseverance Rover mission in Pasadena on Tuesday, 16 February. 

The rover is expected to land on Mars on Thursday and, according to NASA, during landing, it will plunge through the planet’s thin atmosphere, with a heat shield first, at a speed of about 20,000 kph, before a parachute and powered descent slow the rover down to about 3.2 kph. After that, a large sky crane will help the rover with a soft landing on six wheels at the 45-kilometre-wide Jezero Crater.

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