Destination Mars: A timeline of Red Planet landings

NASA’s newest Mars rover is about to make a touchdown as the agency starts a long quest to bring the first Red Planet samples back to Earth.

The Perseverance rover, carrying the Ingenuity helicopter for testing flight on Mars, is scheduled to touch down on Feb. 18. The rover’s entry, descent and landing is similar to the Curiosity rover’s “seven minutes of terror” in 2012, which includes a rocket powered sky crane to lower the rover to the surface.

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