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Perseverance's Sky Crane Maneuver

Ways to Use this Toolkit

On Feb. 18, 2021, NASA's Mars Perseverance rover makes its final descent to the Red Planet. Here are some of the ways you can take part in this landing.

Now Through Landing

Lighting the Town Red:

If your city lights up red for landing, tag and share your photos using #CountdownToMars.

Feb. 16: Empire State Building
The iconic Empire State Building in New York City lit the tower red on Tuesday, Feb. 16 starting at sunset until 2 a.m.

Feb. 17: Chicago Skyline
Various buildings in Chicago light up red on Wednesday night, including the Adler planetarium.

Feb. 17-18: Terminal Tower in Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland's landmark skyscraper will be lit up Mars red Wednesday and Thursday.

Feb. 17-19: Los Angeles International Airport
The light pillars at LAX will glow red from sundown on Wednesday, Feb. 17 through sunrise on Friday, Feb. 19.

Feb. 17-20: St. Louis Science Center
The McDonnell planetarium at the St. Louis Science Center in Missouri will feature a Martian glow through Feb. 20.

On Landing Day, Feb. 18:

After Landing:

  • Latest News on Mission Website
    As the rover begins its mission at Jezero Crater, visit the mission website for the latest news and images every day.

  • Where is the Rover?
    This interactive map will let you see where the rover is on Mars. Once the rover starts driving, the traverse path and latest odometry will display automatically.

  • Raw Images
    Once the rover lands, see the latest images the rover sends back here. Vote for your favorite to become “Image of the Week.”  

  • Sounds of Mars 
    Try this audio experience to hear what you might sound like on Mars. Once the rover sends back recordings from its two microphones, you’ll be able to hear those audio files too. 

  • Stay Connected
    Get regular updates about landing, news, science, images, TV programming and some of our new web experiences. Sign up here.

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