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Everything you need to know about the mission of the Perseverance robot, which will land on Mars this Thursday evening

Everything you need to know about the mission of the Perseverance robot, which will land on Mars this Thursday evening


The Perseverance mobile robot is due to land on Mars this Thursday at 9:55 p.m. He will be guided from Earth, just like his colleague Curiosity. The rover sets off in search of “fossil” life on the red planet.

Scientists call this instant “the 7 minutes of terror” of Perseverance. This is how the time required for the space probe to land on Mars is qualified, from its entry into the atmosphere (see infographic). During this critical phase known as EDL (for Entry, Descent and Landing), no human intervention is possible.

Hundreds of scientists, from France to the United States, via Spain, will wait with trepidation on February 18 at 9:55 p.m., the precise moment of the landing of the mobile robot (also called rover) of NASA, Perseverance , in which European scientists also participated.

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