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NASA's Perseverance Rover To Land On Mars This Week

NASA's Perseverance rover is gearing up to land on Mars this week.

Scientists say the craft will go through "seven minutes of terror" on Thursday, as it plunges through the Red Planet's atmosphere at a speed of over 12,000 miles-per-hour before landing in the Jezero Crater. Once it arrives, Perseverance will study the Martian environment and collect rock and soil samples which it will deliver back to Earth in about a decade. It will also carry a small helicopter drone named Ingenuity, which will test powered flight on another world for the first time.

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