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Thursday, February 18, 2021

NASA is inviting the public to take part in virtual activities and events as the agency's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover nears entry, descent, and landing on the Red Planet, with touchdown scheduled for approximately 3:55 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 18. Live coverage and landing commentary from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California will begin at 2:15 p.m. on the NASA TV Public Channel and the agency's website, as well as the NASA App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion, and THETA.TV. Among the many firsts with this mission is the agency's first-ever Spanish-language show for a planetary landing. On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m., NASA will air "Juntos perseveramos," a show that will give viewers an overview of the mission to Mars and highlight the role Hispanic NASA professionals have had in its success. During landing, the rover will plunge through the thin Martian atmosphere at more than 12,000 mph (about 20,000 kph). A parachute and powered descent will slow the rover down to about 2 mph (3 kph). During what is known as the sky crane maneuver, the descent stage will lower the rover on three cables to land softly on six wheels at Jezero Crater. Perseverance also is carrying a technology experiment - the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter - that will attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. "If there's one thing we know, it's that landing on Mars is never easy," said NASA Associate Administrator for Communications Marc Etkind. "But as NASA's fifth Mars rover, Perseverance has an extraordinary engineering pedigree and mission team. We are excited to invite the entire world to share this exciting event with us!"

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Mars is old news. When do we get to send mobile probes to the surface of Titan and submersible probes to Europa?

#1 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-02-18 01:24 PM | Reply

Looking forward to tuning into this stream in about 45 minutes

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-02-18 02:12 PM | Reply

You mean "Almost live" It takes about 7 minutes or so for the signal to reach earth.

#3 | Posted by prius04 at 2021-02-18 02:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

This should be very cool if it works out as planned. Actually, this could be very cool also if it does not work out as planned.

#4 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-02-18 02:59 PM | Reply

www.youtube.com

#5 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-18 03:01 PM | Reply

Best of Marvin the Martian

www.youtube.com

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2021-02-18 03:08 PM | Reply

You mean "Almost live" It takes about 7 minutes or so for the signal to reach earth.

The Retort has arranged a live feed. We spared no expense.

#7 | Posted by rcade at 2021-02-18 03:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Here's the NASA live feed via youtube...

www.youtube.com

#8 | Posted by lamplighter at 2021-02-18 03:32 PM | Reply

Fortunately, we have YouTube live feed redundancy :-)

#9 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-18 03:46 PM | Reply

Entry at @ 5km per second... which is almost as fast as Chairpoodle to a jellyroll.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2021-02-18 03:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Such a fast deceleration

#11 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-02-18 03:52 PM | Reply

About the time delay, I guess the whole situation is a "live" review of data collected indicating whether the engineering feat of landing was successful or not

#12 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-02-18 03:53 PM | Reply

Parachute deployed.

#13 | Posted by Karabekian at 2021-02-18 03:53 PM | Reply

The cheers while they read the data of a successful parachute deployment and the resulting velocity decrease :,)

#14 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-02-18 03:54 PM | Reply

Touchdown.

#15 | Posted by Karabekian at 2021-02-18 03:56 PM | Reply

Touch down! Better than a field goal any day.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2021-02-18 03:57 PM | Reply

"It's so surreal, stay tuned we might get some pictures!"

#17 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-02-18 03:58 PM | Reply

The first picture looks GOOD

#18 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-02-18 03:59 PM | Reply

So how is NBC broadcast of NASA 12 seconds ahead of Nasa site broadcast?

And those pics.... that's Phoenix!

#19 | Posted by Corky at 2021-02-18 04:00 PM | Reply

got to love nerds

#20 | Posted by truthhurts at 2021-02-18 04:02 PM | Reply

I wanna see the helicopter footage when it flys.

#21 | Posted by Corky at 2021-02-18 04:04 PM | Reply

Anyone hear what happened to the JPL dude with the sideburns and bowling shirts from the Curiosity landing?

#22 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-18 04:04 PM | Reply

#19 Obviously it is faked.

#23 | Posted by bored at 2021-02-18 04:07 PM | Reply

22 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY
As of 2018, Ferdowsi is Fault Protection lead on the NISAR joint Earth observation mission at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

#24 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-02-18 04:07 PM | Reply

NASA: using American technology to drop probes, not bombs.

#25 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2021-02-18 04:09 PM | Reply

Very exciting and cool.

#26 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-02-18 04:10 PM | Reply

The coolest thing about all this is that a bunch of happy nerds and geeks are probably gonna-------- tonight.

#27 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2021-02-18 04:11 PM | Reply

Some of the experiments on board are very cool

mars.nasa.gov

The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment is better known as MOXIE. NASA is preparing for human exploration of Mars, and MOXIE will demonstrate a way that future explorers might produce oxygen from the Martian atmosphere for propellant and for breathing.

#28 | Posted by Corky at 2021-02-18 04:13 PM | Reply

Who Care?? You can land a rover on Mars but you can't get Universal Health Care???

#29 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2021-02-18 04:28 PM | Reply

BREAKING: Perseverance Rover claims it was just dropping off daughters on Mars

#30 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2021-02-18 04:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Any alien life forms sighted yet?

#31 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2021-02-18 04:57 PM | Reply

The crypto currency project I'm affiliated with as a team member had a thumbdrive with our currency on board. We applied to be a part of several crypto currencies that would be flown on this rover. We received a ticket and congratulations from NASA today that New York Coin Crypto Currency is officially on board the rover on Mars.

Feels good to me..

#32 | Posted by boaz at 2021-02-18 05:38 PM | Reply

Feels good to me..
#32 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Very interesting and, as an investor, happy to hear. What was the reasoning behind it though?

#33 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-02-18 06:26 PM | Reply

What a stunning accomplishment!

The equipment, the celestial navigation 128,000,000 miles away to a moving target, landing somewhere so far away it takes 6 minutes at the speed of light ...

America has incredible minds. It's great they're positively put to use on missions that show what America can do when we set our minds to something and inspire kids from around the world.

#34 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-18 07:57 PM | Reply

landing somewhere so far away it takes 6 minutes at the speed of light for signals to reach earth.

#35 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-18 07:59 PM | Reply

America has incredible minds.

Many of them immigrants.

#36 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-02-18 08:23 PM | Reply

What was the reasoning behind it though?

One of our members from Russia decided to do it. He only mentioned it in passing like 18 months ago. I had forgotten about it until NASA sent the congrats this week to our official email address.

It was cool that it was done.

#37 | Posted by boaz at 2021-02-18 11:36 PM | Reply

CORRECTION: It takes 11 minutes for signals to reach Earth from Mars, not 6.

#38 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-19 06:17 AM | Reply

Who Care?? You can land a rover on Mars but you can't get Universal Health Care???

#29 | Posted by LauraMohr

Yea, it's all about you, right? This has bigger implications for humanity.

#39 | Posted by boaz at 2021-02-19 08:00 AM | Reply

Imagine if we spent 40% of the Defence budget on NASA, we would have bases on the moon and our first "Space Built Ship" would be mostly finished. Sad. We spend it on killing and destruction instead.

#40 | Posted by randomcanyon at 2021-02-19 10:57 AM | Reply

CORRECTION: It takes 11 minutes for signals to reach Earth from Mars, not 6.

#38 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

Wouldn't that be a variable number and dependent upon whether we were at apogee or perigee to Mars?

At apogee we are 2.54 astronomical units from Mars.
At perigee we are .41 AU from Mars.

It currently takes 11 minutes. But we are now getting further apart which will increase the time it takes for a signal from Mars to reach us. It is really double that anyway because to answer that call takes another ~11 minutes. So really figure ~22 minutes for a response from Mars to a command sent from earth.

#41 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-02-19 11:33 AM | Reply

This has bigger implications for humanity.

#39 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Really?

Who cares about your "big implications " if everyone back on earth is dead or sick from a deadly virus and the rest are starving and dying of thirst or frozen stiff in the dark?

#42 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-02-19 11:37 AM | Reply

Any Uranus comments yet?

#43 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-02-19 04:06 PM | Reply

There are new photos of Perseverance parachuting down, dangling from tethers before landing, after, etc.

www.cnn.com

#44 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-19 06:22 PM | Reply

#41 | Posted by donnerboy

This is where I read about the 11 minutes (& 22 sec. An interesting read on communications.


The Awe-Inspiring Mars Relay Network That Will Keep NASA's Perseverance in Touch With Earth During Landing and Beyond

By Jet Propulsion Laboratory February 18, 2021

scitechdaily.com


I wonder if the helicopter is preprogrammed for predetermined flights via signals from Perseverance or if they have a way to work around thea 22 minute delay using a joystick. Which would be like trying to play Fortnite on an old dialup modem. Gonna have to read up on that.

#45 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-20 03:46 AM | Reply

3-22 minutes is the range of time it takes to communicate to and from Mars depending, as you point out, on current distance from Earth.

#46 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-20 03:51 AM | Reply

Which would be like trying to play Fortnite on an old dialup modem. Gonna have to read up on that.
#45 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

Yup. It's gotta be difficult. Especially in tough terrain. And Martian time is different from earth time so those operators have to live on Martian time. Which makes for a strange lifestyle here in earth I imagine.

But I'd do it. That would be a job. No. It wouldn't even be a "job". It would just be living awesome.

#47 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-02-20 10:20 AM | Reply

Yea, it's all about you, right? This has bigger implications for humanity.

POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2021-02-19 08:00 AM | REPLY

Health Care is more important than a stupid trip to Mars. If you don't have your health You have nothing. You're dumber than a sack full of dum dums.

#48 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2021-02-20 04:23 PM | Reply

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