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PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 18: In this handout image provided by NASA, members of NASAs Perseverance Mars rover team study data on monitors in mission control, February 18, 2021 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. A key objective for Perseverance's mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet's geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

Today is the day that NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars. To reach the surface of the Red Planet, the rover has to survive the harrowing final phase known as “Entry, Descent, and Landing” (also known as the “seven minutes of terror”).

Only then can the rover – the biggest, heaviest, cleanest, and most sophisticated six-wheeled robot ever launched into space – search the Jezero Crater for signs of ancient life and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth. Watch the live video feed of key landing activities and commentary from Mission Control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.