Perseverance rover almost at Mars
High-Resolution Still Image of Perseverance's Landing: This is a high-resolution still image, part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA's Perseverance rover touched down on Mars. A camera aboard the descent stage captured this shot. Download image

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

First-of-its kind footage from the agency’s newest rover will be presented during a briefing this morning.

NASA will hold a virtual briefing at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) today to unveil the “How to Land on Mars” video, which will present first-of-its-kind footage the Perseverance rover captured as it touched down on the Red Planet Feb. 18. The agency also will show new images the rover took on the Martian surface.

The briefing will be broadcast on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website and stream live on multiple agency social media platforms.

Discussing the footage and the mission will be:

  • Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • Michael Watkins, director, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Matt Wallace, Perseverance deputy project manager, JPL
  • Al Chen, Perseverance entry, descent, and landing lead, JPL
  • Dave Gruel, Perseverance EDL camera lead, JPL
  • Justin Maki, Perseverance imaging scientist and instrument operations team chief, JPL
  • Jessica Samuels, Perseverance surface mission manager, JPL
  • Ken Williford, Perseverance deputy project scientist, JPL

Media and the public may ask questions on social media during the briefing using #CountdownToMars.

Following Monday’s briefing, at 4 p.m., NASA will host a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” in the r/IAmA community with scientists, engineers, and mission experts who will answer questions from the public about the mission and new imagery. Read NASA’s tweet about it:

To learn more about Perseverance, visit:


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Grey Hautaluoma / Alana Johnson
NASA Headquarters, Washington
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Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. /

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