The first Mars landing could be televised

Landing of the Mars rover Perseverance live on TV: These channels broadcast

It is an important day for space exploration: On Thursday (February 18, 2021) the NASA rover "Perseverance" is scheduled to land on Mars. The landing can be seen live on television. The "Perseverance" is supposed to search for traces of past life on Mars and collect rock samples.

The probe that will bring the rover to Mars is scheduled to enter the planet's atmosphere at around 9:38 p.m. CET, and the rover will be deposited in Jezero crater at 9:45 p.m. There used to be a lake there. The researchers want to find out whether there has been any microbiological life there in the past.

Because of the distance between Earth and Mars, the confirmation of the landing will arrive at the NASA control center ten minutes later at the earliest, as the German Aerospace Center explains on its website.

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The landing can be seen live on several German TV channels and also as a live stream. News channel WELT broadcasts live from 9.45 p.m. to around 10.30 p.m. Space expert and astronaut Prof. Ulrich Walter joins the Berlin studio and, together with WELT presenter Angela Knäble, comments on the landing maneuver and the rover's touchdown.

The education channel ARD-alpha reports on the Mars mission from 8.15 p.m. to 10.25 p.m.

NASA also offers a live stream on YouTube. For the first time, noises and high-resolution images are to be transmitted during such a landing.