- Feb 13, 2006
- Shropshire, U.K.
Nasa's Perseverance rover is bearing down on Mars
The biggest, most sophisticated vehicle ever sent to land on another planet
The US space agency's Perseverance rover is now just three weeks from arriving at Mars.
The robot's current distance to the Red Planet is still some 4.5 million km (3 million miles), but that gap is closing at a rapid rate. The biggest, most sophisticated vehicle ever sent to land on another planet, the Nasa robot is being targeted at a near-equatorial crater called Jezero.
Touchdown is expected shortly before 2100 GMT on Thursday 18 February.
Another landing using the terrifying 'skycrane'.