We’re going back to Mars, and we’d like you to be our virtual guest on the trip. On July 30, NASA will launch the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet. After landing in Jezero Crater, the robotic astrobiologist and scientist will search for signs that microbes might have lived on Mars long ago, collect soil samples to be returned to Earth on a future mission and pave the way for human exploration beyond the Moon. Perseverance will be accompanied by a helicopter called Ingenuity, the first attempt at powered flight on another world.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic and in the interest of health and safety, NASA can’t invite you to Florida to watch the launch personally. However, there are many ways you can participate virtually:
Register to let us know you’ll be watching the #CountdownToMars Perseverance launch online and we’ll keep you up-to-date. Registrants will receive reminders for the launch broadcasts, get updates regarding interaction opportunities, and hear straight from NASA on any launch updates.
NASA Social events give social media users an opportunity to see NASA facilities, interview NASA experts and meet fellow space enthusiasts. For the Perseverance launch, the NASA Social will be held virtually via a public Facebook group, so people of all ages from all over the world can request permission to join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the mission.
NASA has prepared a variety of material to help you learn about Perseverance’s mission:
One of NASA’s goals in every mission is to share the excitement of space with future explorers. In fact, students in Virginia (above) and Alabama named Perseverance and Ingenuity, respectively. You can help:
Watch the mission briefings and other Mars 2020 programming on NASA TV, culminating with the launch on July 30. See the schedule for Perseverance programming.
Stay connected with the mission on social media, and let people know you’re following it on Twitter, Facebook and Instragram using the hashtag #CountdownToMars. Follow and tag these accounts:
Launch is only the beginning. Perseverance will land on Mars Feb. 18, 2021 to begin its mission of exploration. Follow the mission using the social media tags above and at https://www.nasa.gov/perseverance and https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020.