The Five-Day Countdown: Mars Perseverance Rover

An illustration of NASA’s Perseverance rover landing safely on Mars. Source: CNET

With five days on the clock, the Perseverance rover, built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, is getting close to touching down. After being launched on July 30, Perseverance is scheduled to land in the Jezero Crater on Mars on February 18. Many events need to occur in a specific order during the final minutes of the rover’s nearly seven-month journey. The mission, aptly given the…