NASA has shown what it will look like when its Perseverance rover touches down on Mars, a challenging sequence that the agency describes as “7 minutes of terror.”
The Perseverance rover was launched in the summer and is scheduled to arrive on Mars in February .
Once it reaches Mars’ atmosphere on its way to Jezero Crater, it must slow down from its speed of 12,000 mph in a span of 7 minutes, touch down on the rust-colored surface and disconnect from the main spacecraft.
Tuesday, NASA released an animation that showed the complex process.
The rover will carry state-of-the-art onboard cameras and microphones that will record the landing for NASA to study — if all goes well.