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Watch and celebrate the Perseverance rover’s historic landing on Mars!

Watch the live landing
February 17, 2021
NASA’s Perseverance rover

This week, the science world begins a new chapter in the Martian chronicles as NASA’s Perseverance lands on Mars! Watch the historic event live on Thursday, Feb. 18, enjoy the Bradbury Science Museum’s online after-party, and check out many ways to share in the excitement of this remarkable new era of discovery.

Live Landing & after-party

Watch the live landing: NASA will host a live broadcast as Perseverance makes its final descent to the Red Planet. Watch the historic moment on NASA’s website on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.

After-party with the Bradbury: Celebrate the Perseverance landing with Los Alamos scientists and engineers behind two of the rover’s most intriguing instruments, SuperCam and SHERLOC. Learn about the plutonium-powered heat source that keeps the rover running. Register at the link below to join the party on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

LINK: https://www.lanl.gov/museum/events/calendar/2021/2/mars-landing.php

Want to get into the scientific spirit? Here are some ways to dive deeper into Perseverance, Mars, and connections to LANL.


Mars Technica: Launched in July 2020 when Perseverance launched into space, this LANL podcast series will start its new season after the rover’s landing.  Episodes take you behind the scenes with some of the Los Alamos scientists and engineers who created the rover’s high-tech instruments.

LINK: https://mars-technica.simplecast.com/

Direct Current: The Department of Energy’s podcast has two Perseverance-themed episodes. One is all about SuperCam, the rock-zapping instrument. The other focuses on the rover’s unique plutonium source. 

LINK: https://www.energy.gov/podcasts/direct-current-energygov-podcast


Meet Perseverance: See what makes Perseverance a one-of-a-kind and why SuperCam is its “Swiss army knife.”

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3BWs_ibToU&feature=youtu.be

Rock on: Check out this lively, fun talk with Nina Lanza, a Los Alamos planetary scientist and part of the Perseverance science team. Get details on how SuperCam’s innovative capabilities will identify geological materials and prepare rock and soil samples for return to Earth.

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ARKeiTBOYg&feature=youtu.be


The Martian library is open: Required reading suggested by actual Mars explorers! 

LINK: https://www.airspacemag.com/space/tales-mars-explorers-180976904/

Mic check: What might the rover’s microphone reveal about sounds on Mars?


Made in NM: Get the scoop about the New Mexican tech partnered with LANL expertise to support the Mars mission.

LINK: https://www.abqjournal.com/1518244/from-new-mexico-to-mars-ex-national-labs-local-businesses-contribute-brains-brawn-to-spacecraft.html

Kids’ Corner: Budding scientists can discover why Mars is called the “Red Planet” and other fun facts about our neighboring planet.

LINK: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/science/space/facts-about-mars/


Snap a Martian selfie: You can’t go to Mars (yet), but you can step into NASA’s online photo booth and get next to the rover or pose on the Red Planet. Share your picture using #CountdownToMars.

LINK: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/participate/photo-booth/

Drive the rover: NASA’s fun Explore Mars game puts you in the driver’s seat on Mars. Gather information about Martian rocks, send commands from your rover, and earn points each time you analyze your findings (hint: some rocks are worth more points than others).

LINK: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/explore-mars/en/


What does Mars sound like?  As we get closer to the rover’s final descent on Mars, we will release videos that give a sense of sounds from the Red Planet.