Mission Timeline

Mission Phases

Pre-launch ActivitiesPreparation for the mission, including landing site selection, assembly and testing, and delivery to Cape Canaveral
LaunchLift-off from Earth
CruiseVoyage through space
ApproachNearing the red planet Mars
Entry, Descent, and LandingJourney through the martian atmosphere to the surface
Rover EgressLeaving the lander to begin exploration
Surface OperationsLearning about Mars through the day-to-day activities of the rovers