Feb 18, 2021
By Jane Brown
A NASA rover is hurtling toward a landing on Mars for a Thursday afternoon landing in the riskiest step yet in an epic quest to bring back rocks that could answer whether life ever existed on the red planet.
Perseverance is set to come floating down toward it’s Martian landing spot with parachute deployed.
The mission launched in the heart of COVID-19 back in July when many scientists were working from home.
Now it is due to land on Mars looking for signs of past life.
In Perseverance’s long list of duties, it will try to make oxygen on Mars.
Among the scientists involved in today’s Mars landing is Canadian Chris Herd.
The University of Alberta planetary geologist is one of a select team of scientists working with NASA on the Perseverance Rover.
Herd says he’ll be watching from his home in Edmonton what he hopes will be successful touchdown.