National Geographic’s ‘Built for Mars’ will let you tag along with NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover landing

An intrepid NASA rover is bearing down on Mars for an epic landing on Thursday (Feb. 18) and a new National Geographic documentary will let you share in the excitement of the mission, which  aims to seek signs of ancient life and perhaps help return samples to Earth in the future.

The NASA Perseverance rover will endure a new “seven minutes of terror” sequence Thursday (Feb. 18) to target the right spot on the Red Planet’s surface in Jezero Crater and touch down within driving distance of a former river delta that may host remains of Martian microbes. The rover will cache the most promising samples to kick off a sample-return mission to Earth later in the decade.

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