Live coverage of NASA's "Perseverence" lander as it burns its way through the thin martian atmosphere, tosses off a few balloons, fires some retro-rockets and finally gets lowered by a sky-crane yeah! to the ground starts at 2:30pm EST (3:30pm Atlantic)
The spacecraft deposited the rover in Jezero Crater in a complex sequence that employed artificial intelligence to avoid surface hazards. Perseverance, launched from Earth in July, will gather samples of Martian soil and rocks that could be returned to Earth for study."
Man, there are so many spacecraft around and on Mars right now -it's rather thrilling!
And the fact that there's a wickedly useful orbiter up there watching things happen, means we can get photos like this:
That picture - by the University of Arizonas' HiRise camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - captures the SkyCrane & Perseverance Rover bundle (lower bright spot) hanging below the parachute as it heads for Jerezo Crater. (Twitter)