NASA’s Awesome Simulator Shows Upcoming Mars Rover Landing
NASA’s Perseverance rover is less than three weeks from landing on Mars as it nears the end of a nearly 300 million mile journey that began in July 2020.
To give space fans a chance to learn more about the final moments of the rover’s epic journey, NASA has released this awesome interactive simulator that shows Perseverance’s planned stages of entry, descent and landing, which is expected to take place on February 18th.
Get ready to ride! Check out our interactive 3D simulation that will allow you to experience every step of @ NASAPersevere’s landing on February 18th from every angle: https://t.co/w67OdKPXef pic.twitter.com/hVjPHAekeY
– NASA Mars (@NASAMars) January 18, 2021
Using the simulator’s controls, you can move the camera around the lander to change perspective. You can also zoom in and out for a better view. You can watch the animation in real time or speed it up and slow down – or even send it backwards. Accessing the various stages of the mission’s closing moments is as easy as scrolling the page.
NASA recommends a fast broadband connection and decent hardware with the latest software to ensure the simulator, which works for mobile devices and desktops, works smoothly.
The Space Agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which oversees the mission, says the rover’s boarding, descent, and landing phases will be a “harrowing” experience for both endurance and the team on Earth, as it is on the news from a success landing awaits.
Clearly, great efforts have been put into the simulator for this highly anticipated Mars 2020 mission, the main objective of which is to search for signs of ancient life on the distant planet and to collect data for future human exploration.
The mission will also see the first flight of an aircraft to another planet when NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, which drives with endurance, takes off from the surface of Mars on its maiden flight.
For more information on how NASA’s most advanced rover to date will land on Mars, check out this recent article on digital trends that provides an overview of the event. It also includes footage showing how NASA hopes these crucial final moments play out.
NASA isn’t the only space agency with equipment on its way to Mars right now. Missions from China and the United Arab Emirates are also scheduled to reach the planet in February.